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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
Whenever I diagnose genital warts in a teenager it's always a huge deal. Tears, sometimes devastation, and about a million questions usually follow. Girls and guys want to know: "Exactly what are genital warts?" "How did I get them? We always use a condom!" "But my partner didn't have any warts -- so where did they come from?" "Can you get them any other way besides from sex" "How well does treatment work?" "Will the warts ever go away for good?" "Isn't this going to totally screw up my sex life?" "What about oral sex? Can we still do it?" "Am I going to infect someone else?" "Will I ever be normal again?" And girls want to know: "Does this mean I can't have children?" "Am I going to get cancer?" These are real questions from real patients. As you learn the answers, remember one fact and some good news: · ...
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.
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