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A 18-year-old male asked:

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
Pathology 45 years experience
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.
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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 36 years experience
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.
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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine 35 years experience
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.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Hi,i have molluscum bumps on penis head and i'm using salicylic acid 3% on these bumps and due to this ointment my penis head skin in feeling rough so what can i do to make my penis head skin smoother?
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Last updated Mar 20, 2019

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