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What is HPV and how is it treated?

My best friend just found out she has HPV...an STD that can lead to cancer, I think uterine. What is HPV and how is it treated?

What can you tell me about laser treatment for CIN 1?

I recently had a colposcopy and the doctors found that I have “CIN 1.” Now I have to get a laser treatment that will burn the abnormal cells. I’m nervous...what are the risks involved and the side effects of the operation?

What are the signs of HPV in men?

What are the signs of HPV in men and what is the treatment for it? Also, are there other ways to contract HPV besides sexual intercourse?

Could I give genital warts to a sexual partner through my ejaculate?

I’ve had genital warts, but now they’re gone. Can I still infect others with my ejaculate?

Can I pass genital warts through oral sex after the warts are gone?

I’ve just been diagnosed with HPV and I’m being treated for genital warts. What are the chances of transmitting the virus through oral sex after all signs of the virus have disappeared? And what are the chances of transmitting the virus through vaginal and anal sex?

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’m a virgin with a small, red, itchy bump on my right vaginal lip...what is it?

I’m a virgin with a small, red, itchy bump on my right vaginal lip. It hurts to rub, but I’m a virgin. A similar bump has appeared before in other places. Do you have any idea what it could be?