A 18-year-old male asked:
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if i have 1 molluscum contagiosum bump on the head of my penis which i got from using a public washroom when i was 14... does that mean i have a std?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Let's ask...: It would be surprising for a lone molluscum "dimple wart" to stay around for four years unchanged, and it's difficult to get this in a public washroom. Are you quite sure you do not have a single pearly papule on the corona of your penis? Let me suggest you show a few other physicians. Molluscum is not considered a std; a pearly papule can be lasered off.
Answered on Apr 30, 2016
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
34 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes: Just as you contacted the infection, others can contact it from you (in a sexual way). It is not an infection that requires antibiotics. Honesty with your sexual partners and protection (barrier methods) are recommended.
Answered on Mar 20, 2019
Dr. James Eitner
33 years experience Family Medicine
Get A Second Opinion: Molluscum, left untreated, often resolves on its own after a couple of years, so it is unusual to have one for nearly 5 years. It is also unusual to have only one lesion. Molluscum can be transmitted sexually, so it can be considered a std, but it can also be picked up through contact with molluscum on people or the virus on objects. If it is a single molluscum, it can easily be removed.
Answered on Apr 17, 2016
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Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. This way you will find out and you will get the best treatment.

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