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Could I catch genital warts if I masturbated after fingering my girlfriend?

My girlfriend and I just started experimenting sexually and now I have some bumps on my genitals. We haven’t even had sex yet...but I put two fingers in her vagina and then masturbated an hour later without washing my hands. Can I get genital warts from this?

Are there different types of HPV? If I have the kind that causes cervical cancer...will I also get genital warts?

Are all human papillomavirus (HPV) strains the same? I had an abnormal Pap smear and my doctor says I have HPV which can lead to cervical cancer if left untreated. Does that mean I could also get genital warts?

Can genital warts infect the eyes?

I was recently diagnosed with an HPV outbreak on my anus and I’ve had outbreaks on my penis before. Now, it looks like I might have a wart or a stye on my eyelid. Are there treatments for my eyelid (if it is a wart)? I’m a little disturbed by this whole thing and would appreciate your help.

What do genital warts look like? Are these little red bumps genital warts?

I have some little red bumps in my groin area. They aren’t inside my vagina or on the lips...is it possible that I have genital warts?

My girlfriend has HPV...is there a test for men to find out if I have it too?

Hi. My girlfriend just found out that she has HPV. I’m fairly certain I have it, too, because we’ve had unprotected sex. She’s on the pill, so we figured that would be okay. She’s slept with two other people besides me and used condoms. She’s my first and only partner...so I’m wondering how I can know for sure if I have HPV and if there are any treatments for it. Also, will I have the same type she has and will it cause warts?

I’ve heard that anal sex can cause anal cancer. Why is that? Does it have to do with STDs?

I’ve heard that anal sex can cause anal cancer. Why is that? Does it have to do with STDs?

What are these small white bumps around the head of my penis?

I have small, white bumps around the bottom of the head of my penis. What are these? Can they be transmitted through oral sex?

Could I pass genital warts or genital herpes on to a new partner if I don’t have any symptoms?

I was in a five-year relationship with a man who had been treated for genital warts before I met him. He also had a herpes outbreak that started on his back and later showed up on his genitals. I only used the pill for birth control while we were together. We never had sex when he had a herpes outbreak, and I don’t have any symptoms of herpes or warts, but I’m wondering if I could transmit either disease in new relationships.

There’s a bump on my clitoris that shouldn't be there. It's white and the size of a pinhead. What could it be?

There’s a bump on my clitoris that shouldn't be there. It's white and the size of a pinhead. I've only had one irregular Pap test in my life, and that was about five years ago. Everything's been fine since then. Also, I haven't had any new partners for many months before this thing turned up. What could it be?

Will my friend still be able to have sex if she finds out she has HPV?

My friend might have HPV...she went to the doctor to get tested and she’s waiting for the results. Assuming she does have HPV, what are the chances that she can continue to have a normal sex life?

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