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My partner’s genital warts went away after treatment...can I still catch them?

My boyfriend just came home after being away for four years. He got tested for STDs and found out he has genital warts. I was tested too, and I’m clear. But we’re due to get married so I want to know: if his warts are removed, can I still contract the virus? Can I only get it if he has an outbreak?

I’m pregnant and I think I have genital warts...will they affect the baby or delivery?

I just found out I’m pregnant...and I think I may have genital warts. I have small bumps on my labia, but nowhere else. The bumps are sometimes itchy. My husband doesn’t have any visible signs of bumps on his penis. If I do have genital warts, can I treat or cure them during pregnancy? Do genital warts affect the baby during delivery? Should I ask my doctor for a test when I go for a check up, or just wait until I have the baby if there’s nothing I can do before birth?

I have recurring genital warts...is my diabetes a factor?

I’ve had condlyoma for about four years. I’ve used Aldara cream and I’ve had LEEP on them, but two months later they came back. I need some help getting rid of them. I know the virus won’t go away, but I’d like it if the appearance could improve. I also have diabetes and I know that doesn’t help. Can you help? 

Is it possible to have genital warts inside the vagina? What’s the treatment?

 I’m a 25-year-old female and I have genital warts on the inside of my vagina–not on my vulva. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them? I’ve had them for over nine months and sometimes they go away and come back. Are there any holistic or natural medicines I could use instead?  

Is it possible to get genital warts in the anus? Also, I have HIV...does that affect genital warts?

I have HIV and HPV. I have skin-colored bumps on my anal area and red bumps on my buttocks. They have been itching and burning for the last 10 weeks. It can be pretty intense. Sometimes they bleed. My dermatologist says the bumps are due to HPV, so I’m starting a treatment with Aldara. She said it was safe to use it perianally and intra-anally...but the manufacturer says to only use it externally. Which one is true? Also, do genital warts usually have these symptoms?

Could I get genital warts from someone fingering me?

I’m a teenage girl and about a month ago, a guy I know fingered me. Now I have something that looks like a pimple growing on the left lip of my vagina. It feels like a wart and the center is white. It doesn’t hurt, but it is itchy. I don’t know what it is...could it be genital warts? How should I treat it? 

I’ve noticed some spots on my penis when it’s erect...do I have HPV?

I have a lot of visible spots on my penis that I can only see when I have an erection. I’ve also just noticed some largish brown blotches in my genital area. One is on my penis and there are a few others beside my penis on my legs. I’m usually healthy, but now I’m worried. Do I have HPV? 

I was diagnosed and treated for genital warts, but they came back. What should I do?

About a year and a half ago I noticed something on my penis. I thought nothing of it and it went away by itself. About 18 months later, something appeared again so I went to the sexual health clinic, where they diagnosed several flat warts. I was given ointment to treat the warts and that seemed to help. But then a flat wart came back ⎼ much bigger, 0.5 cm diameter ⎼ and another has become a raised wart, about 0.3 cm diameter. I treated them again with the ointment and they seemed to be going way again...but almost overnight, they have come back. T he raised wart raised and the flat wart is looking pink and healthy. Can you help? Is there another ointment I can get? I do not want to go to the sexual health clinic again if possible.

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