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"Can males have genital warts without having sex?"

ZocdocAnswersCan males have genital warts without having sex?


Mostly round the tip of the penis


Genital wart is a sexually transmitted infection caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) that is spread through direct skin to skin contact most often during vaginal and anal sex with an infected person. HPV may also passed on during oral sex. Genital warts can also be found on lips, mouth, tongue and throat. People can be infected with HPV and never show any symptoms. They are not easy to see without special procedures. Thus, an infected person may not notice them for years. Without sexual contact, it is much less likely what you have is genital warts. That is not to say what you have couldn't be genital warts because there are reports of HPV transmission in non-sexual ways, but it's just much less likely. The very first thing that you should do is to get a medical diagnosis from a primary care physician about whether you have genital warts or not. In most cases HPV goes away by itself. Even after the warts go away, the person will always remain infected, even if years have passed since he or she had sexual contact with an infected person. If you have them, you must get rid of them as soon as possible because they are highly contagious and may cause some serious health problems. The good news is that genital warts are very treatable. They need to be properly treated by a doctor with prescription medications, surgery, or by freezing off. Please speak with your doctor.

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