Something I found from Dr. Handsfield.
Welcome to the STD forum. I'll try to help -- but of course all I can do is provide facts and estimates. Integrating them in a way that you understand and believe them, in view of your OCD, is up to you.
With the warts gone by freezing, you may no longer have the virus, or it might be present in such small amounts it cannot be transmitted. Once the warts have cleared up and there is no recurrence of visible warts for 6 months, you can safely assume the virus is gone and you cannot transmit it to sex partners. After that time, there is no need to mention your past warts to your sex partners. (Some people do that, out of courtesy -- and it's probably a good idea to discuss past STDs when starting a new relationship that has a potential for an ongoing commitment. But this is an optional, personal decision.)
HPV cannot be transmitted by towels, hand-genital contact, or anything except direct (genital-genital) sexual contact. The virus is never transmitted by environmental contamination or contact. No special precautions (cleaning, washing, etc) are required to prevent it. No worries here, period.
So don't let this get you down. Your sex life deinitely is not "doomed forever".
HPV/warts is a pretty complex topic. In addition to these responses, I suggest you look at some other reliable websites for accurate information. A couple good ones are those run by CDC (www.cdc.gov/std
) and the American Social Health Association (www.ashastd.org
). (Full disclosure: Dr. Hook and I are on ASHA's board of directors.) Please do that sort of homework before asking follow-up questions here.
Bottom line: Genital warts are an unpleasant inconvenience, not a serious health threat to you or your future partners. Don't lose a lot of sleep over it.