Just discoverd a wart, does this mean i have hpv?

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Just discoverd a wart, does this mean i have hpv?

Postby flutter » Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:47 am

I discoverd a single raised wart about 3mm in diamitor of a dark pinkish colour, and its on the vagina area but closer to the anus. I showed a nurse who said it could likely be a boil. I had a feeling it was a wart, because when i was about 12yrs old, i had a few warts on my fingers that i got frozen off, which never returned, and it looked like one of those. So went to the doctor today, she said it was a wart, and froze it off for me. I was really shocked because i have been with my boyfriend now for 2.5years, and i have not had many sexual partners previously. My previous sexual experiances was with my ex b/f, who was a virgin and that was about 5years ago now.

So i asked my doctor if this is a wart like genital warts or like the warts you can get on your fingers when your younger, and she kind of wasnt making alot of sense. Basically i noticed this wart only last week. I am going to book myself in for a Pap Smear and a coloscopy. I have tried to do alot of research on the internet but i am confused about a few things.

1. Just because the wart is in the genital area, does it mean it is the genital warts virus or can it just be a wart but not related to the genital warts virus?
2. Iv read about something called hpv, im of the understanding that this is the virus that can cause genital warts?
3. What test determines if you have hpv or genital warts? Is that what the pap smear or the Colposcopy does?
4. Once my single wart has totally cleared up visually, and if i have future sexual partners, will i pass warts onto them even if i dont have any warts ever again, and if i do have hpv will i pass that on through unprotected sex?
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Postby Zane » Mon Feb 28, 2005 4:04 am

1. Warts on the hand and feet are not sexually transmitted, this is HPV-1. Genital warts is HPV-2 and is sexually transmitted. Warts on the genital area can only mean one thing: HPV-2.

2. Yes HPV is the virus that causes genital warts, as well as the warts on the hands and feet. All warts come from the Human Papilloma family no matter what part of the body they are on.

3. I might be wrong on this (ladies help me out), but I don't think there is any test you can do unless you get a biopsy of an actual wart, you can have HPV and have normal pap smears.

4. If you don't have anymore warts for 6 months, then there is a good chance you won't get them anymore (that strain at least, there are over 100). Condoms don't fully protect against HPV as it is skin to skin contact. Most sexually active people (75%) either have or will get HPV anyways, but my advice is to use condoms (for HIV and other stuff) when you're not in monogamous relationships. You won't be contagious with the virus (in most cases) once your warts disappear for 6 months or longer. But everyone is different and has differing opinions on when and if to tell future partners.

Here are some good resources, this should ease your mind:

http://www.hpvforum.com
http://health.rutgers.edu/HPV/default.htm
http://www.ashastd.org/hpvccrc/
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/pp2/po ... tsreports/
http://www.metrokc.gov/health/apu/std/hpv.htm
http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/Canc ... 45923.html
http://www.medhelp.org/forums/STD/messages/C281-5.html
http://www.medhelp.org/forums/STD/messages/C368-3.html
http://www.greenjournal.org/cgi/content ... /100/5/965
http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/od/news/RevBr ... pdfhpv.htm
http://www.hpvforum.com/cdc.asp
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Postby Tia » Mon Feb 28, 2005 6:33 am

just a note...

as per the post above re: 1)....there are more than 2 types of HPV...there are not simply type 1 and 2.......but yes, if you have a wart on your genital areal...whether it be vulva, perineum, anus etc, it is causes by a genital strain of hpv....a wart anywhere else on your body is caused by hpv, but a different strain that is not genital.

as per the post above re: 3) you CAN be tested for HPV when they do your pap test...there is a separate hpv test...however...that only checks for the presence of hpv in the cells that they are checking, obviously...so you may still have hpv but it may not be in those cells.....We have people on this board who have been diagnosed with hpv, yet have no warts, nor dysplasia on their cervix.

also: most of the viral load of the virus is contained within the wart, so once the wart is gone, you are much less contagious than before....
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Postby StPattysGrl » Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:09 am

1. There are more than 100 different types of HPV. 30 of those types infect the genitals. They are divided into low risk and high risk strains. Each strain of HPV is site-specific. They cause warts in particular body parts. So non-sexual strains on the hands and feet do not cause warts on the genitals. Only the sexual types cause symptoms on the genitals.


2. HPV is the virus that causes warts and/or cervical abnormalities. As I said above, there are more than 100 strains and 30 of them infect the genitals.

3. To diagnose HPV there are two ways to go about it. If a person has warts, they are usually just diagnosed visually. Doctors know what genital warts look like, so if they see one, they can tell the person they have HPV. Or the wart can be biopsied and the lab can look at its cells to see if it contains HPV DNA.

If a woman has an abnormal pap smear, the doctor could also take a sample of cervical abnormalities and look at them for HPV DNA. This test is called the Digene HPV DNA test. Most doctors will not do this test unless the patient has cervical abnormalities.

The pap smear and colposcopy are NOT HPV tests. The pap smear only looks for cervical abnormalities (which may be caused by HPV) and the colposcopy is only a closer exam to determine if the woman has cervical dysplasia.

4. Recent studies show that if a patient goes a year or two with no more warts or cervical abnormalities, their body may have cleared the virus. However, some people have persistant infections even though they don't have anymore warts. So its hard to say. Most people won't be contagious after a few years.

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Postby Zane » Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:08 pm

To the boys out there, I just had my warts cauterized this morning (ouch), and about 15 bumps that I was convinced were warts were not, they were oil glands or something, don't remember term, but they look like pimples, I was sure they were warts, anyways things aren't always as they appear.
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Postby christopher » Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:21 pm

Christian Zane wrote:and about 15 bumps that I was convinced were warts were not, they were oil glands or something


Sebaceous cysts, at the base? They usually show up around puberty. If they are around the rim, then I think they are called perly papules. All very normal.
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Postby guy » Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:34 pm

I tend to think alot of people here are obsessed with warts, and definitely tend to think what they have are warts and are not. Just an observation...I too at one point thought that I had lots of warts but I was inspecting everything super close...closing in on a year without any warts, but that doesn't mean I don't still closely inspect. But some of the best advice is once your are comfortable is not to look down there too often and stay away from self exams too much...this can be taxing mentally! Go outside for a jog or enjoy a hobby....but wondering if this or that may or may not be a wart is not a hobby...life is passing you by.
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Postby Zane » Tue Mar 01, 2005 5:52 pm

Well they start at the base on the underside of the penis, and then go up the shaft about 3 inches towards the head. There are about 8 of them, and they look pimples, not white, but flesh colored, and not in the hair follicules. I was convinced these were warts because I had not had them before, and they look like the other warts I had, but my doctor assured me (he said he's been looking at penis's for 40 years) that they weren't warts, but I still find it hard to believe. I'm going to continue to put the Aldara on them anyways.
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Postby eleiana1974 » Wed Mar 02, 2005 6:35 pm

ok here i go again i wrote a long ass response and then it went blank. anyways in cliffnotes version. i had the dna test done in november and testing negative, i had it done bc the guy i was dating at the time wigged out when i told him i thought i had hpv.
now the doc told me being that i was diagnosed by SIGHT 8 yrs ago@ 22yrs old, it probably cleared my system, i tested neg for the dna test, but as someone said its only tested the cells inside, not outside so its not a 100%, and also the doc told me that the doc i had @22 could have misdiagnosed me. so all my friends tell me to not disclose to future partners, but im like miss goody too shoes an di feel guilty not telling. but in reality i prob never had this, or even if i did its cleared. bc if you say soemthing people wig out and i havent had an outbreak in forever. what do you guys think? i havent been on this site in awhile. the same guy just told me testing neg means nothign to him etc. jackass that he is, but i gues i dotn have to deal with him anymore....
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Postby Zane » Wed Mar 02, 2005 7:49 pm

If you don't have anymore symptoms after all that time, move on with your life and don't bother telling people, they probably have it anyways.
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Postby eleiana1974 » Wed Mar 02, 2005 9:11 pm

thanx christian. my friends are in agreement. i guess since im soo honest i dotn want to lie to people. but i think im not gonna tell anyone else. i still cant get over the ass of a guy that i almost wen out with again until he made that stupid comment. he added i want us to be friends so i can hang out with you and enjoy your companionship..what the hell am i a dog. anyways i think echo puts it well when none of us shoudl worry about this hpv crap, but its society that makes us stress over this crap. if everyone woudl accept people then we wouldnt have this site up.
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Postby MMMen » Wed Mar 02, 2005 10:22 pm

I would agree in your situation. 8 years is a long time to go without symptoms, so you are probably clear. Move on with your life!
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