About once or
twice a month, I see a young male in his late teens or early 20s who come to me
to evaluate a bump or lesion on his penis. Interestingly, many of these men
have sought evaluation before and STILL don't know what they have.
Here are the
most common causes of this symptom:
grouped lesions on the penis that are painful? Think about genital herpes as the cause. These lesions can also occur on the buttocks or anal area. The
initial outbreak may be associated with fever. Herpes is the most common STD in
and most genital lesions in men are herpes.
Have a bump
that looks like a wart or has a cauliflower appearance? You may have genital
warts. Warts are caused by certain strains of human papillomavirus --
different ones than those that cause cervical cancer in women. In most cases,
the warts do not cause symptoms, but occasionally they can burn, itch or be
tender. They can also produce a discharge. The lesions may be tan, pink or
We know that the human papilloma virus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer and may put us at risk for other medical conditions. Some strains of this virus may cause genital warts, one of the most common types of sexually transmitted infections .
Genital warts are soft growths that look like a small cauliflower or flat gray or flesh-colored spots that appear on and around the genitals, including the penis, vulva, urethra, vagina, cervix and anus. They can also appear on the lips, mouth, tongue and throat. There are normally no other symptoms with genital warts but some people may experience increased vaginal discharge, genital itching or vaginal bleeding during or after sex.
Detection of Genital Warts
Many people who have genital warts have no symptoms and never know that they are there as they are not always easy to see without special equipment or procedures. Pap smears and HPV tests are the first tests performed to determine the presence of warts or the HPV virus.
What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the
herpes simplex viruses (HSV) type 1 and type 2. Most genital herpes
is caused by HSV type 2.
Most people have no or minimal symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2
infection. When symptoms do occur, they usually appear as one or
more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters
break, leaving ulcers or tender sores that may take up to four
weeks to heal. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or
Although the infection can stay in the body forever, the number
of outbreaks usually decreases over a period of years. You can pass
genital herpes to someone else even when you experience no
How common is genital herpes?
About 45 million Americans, age 12 and older have genital
herpes. Its estimated that up to one million people become
infected each year. Genital Herpes (HSV-2) is more common in women
How can I get genital herpes?
Herpes is a virus that can be...
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