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How do I tell my partner I have genital warts?

I just got diagnosed with HPV (genital warts) through a Pap smear. I’ve been dating my boyfriend for six months...how do I tell my partner I have genital warts? I’m also wondering if I got them from him cheating on me. Can you help?

We used a condom at first, but then we stopped. That’s when I noticed this red rash and skin-colored bumps. What are they?

My girlfriend and I recently started having sex. When we had sex for the first time, I used a condom and everything was fine. Then, she got on the pill and we stopped using a condom. That’s when I developed a red rash and many skin-colored bumps on the shaft, scrotum and anus that are uncomfortable, but not painful. I don’t feel sick and I don’t have any trouble peeing. Is this an allergic reaction to her birth control or something that her body makes? Or, do I have an STD?

Could you give me some ideas as to what these small, skin-colored lumps might be between my vagina and anus?

I discovered some small, skin-colored lumps in between my vagina and anus. They don’t hurt or itch, and my boyfriend seems to be okay. Could you give me any ideas as to what this could be? (I've been with my boyfriend for nearly five months and we haven’t slept with anyone else.)

Could these white, raised bumps near my vagina be genital warts?

I recently noticed white, raised and pointy growths in my lower labia and anus area that hurt to touch. (I think my mom and sister had these when they were my age...are they hereditary?) They look like whiteheads. I checked online to see if my symptoms looked like an STD and genital warts are my best guess...but they’re not gray or pinkish, and they’re not cauliflower-shaped. My boyfriend doesn’t have any symptoms at all, but we’re a little worried. Do you know what these could be? 

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?

After having sex with me, my partner got bumps on his penis, but I don’t have symptoms...could it be an STD?

A guy I had sex with told me he’d gotten some pimple-like bumps all over his penis. The bumps hurt until he popped them. He also said it hurt to pee. He’s had sex with other people, but he only got the bumps after he had sex with me. We both got tested for STDs and we’re both negative...but I’m concerned. Could something else have caused those bumps?

I have whiteheads at the base of my penis...can I do something about them?

I’m worried because my penis has a large number of whiteheads around its base. Is there a way to get rid of them so I can have clear skin? 

I can feel a small bump at the back of my girlfriend’s vagina when I finger her...what is it?

Lately when I finger my girlfriend, I feel a small bump on the back wall of the vagina where she likes to be touched. It feels like a pimple ⎼ it’s smooth to touch and it doesn’t hurt her. What is it? Is it because I don’t always wash my hands?

I have itchy, uncomfortable bumps on my scrotum. What are they?

I've noticed some itchy and uncomfortable bumps on my balls or my scrotum or testicles or whatever. What do you think these could be?  

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?