[Question #3916] HPV

32 months ago
Last week I found a bump in-between my anus and scrotum.  Dermatologist cut if off and the lab said it was a verucca.  He said genital warts are mostly analyzed and are called condalomas and varucca's are more like normal hand warts and not sexually transmitted.

Do I have to inform future partners of this?  the wart is cut off and no longer there.
Am I considered to have an std?

I'v never had anal sex or anything like that to get contact in that spot.

I've had hand warts is it possible i passed to myself?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
32 months ago
Welcome to the Forum.  I will try to help. I'm not sure I use the terms your dermatologist used in the same way he did.  The terms used to refer to warts are rather variable and this can be confusing.  The term verruca is sometimes used interchangeably with the term wart.  Neither term tells you which of the more than 100 different HPV types is causing the lesion or how it got to the place where it was detected.  

In answer to your questions:
1.  Most ano-genital warts are acquired sexually.
2.  Particularly in your case, unless the lesion recurs, I se no reason to inform future partners.  I would suggest that you review some of the many ovther posts on this Forum to review our stance on partner notification.  Since nearly (<80%) of all sexually active persons who have not received the HPV vaccine have HPV, we do not feel strongly that it is important for those who happen to know that they are infected (many people do not know), we do not feel it is necessary to inform partners of HP V infections.
3. Some warts appear at areas where direct sexual contact is not remembered or perhaps has occurred.  
4.  Transmission of HPV from location to location or person to person on one's hands is very, very unusual, if it occurs at all.

I hope this information is helpful to you. EWH 

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32 months ago
Thank you Dr

I guess I’m just confused and frustrated as to how a wart appears in this spot.  

I’ve never had anal sex

Quick follow up and I’ll be done

If I have had sexual contact with someone who I know has had a wart on her hand and leg.    Could that be a possible way for me to get a wart in the genital region?

2.  If I show no signs of warts can i transfer from any part of my body?  I guess I’m trying to understand how to protect a future partner.   Will something like shaking hands transfer hpv event if there are no visable warts?

Trying not to be sad over this


Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
32 months ago
HPV infections are complex as well as common.  My sense however is that you may be more concerned about your diagnosis than is warranted.  As i mentioned above, there are a very small number of genital HPV infections without known sexual contact.  How they occur is unknown.  While in science me can never say never, most experts do not feel there is a meaningful risk for acquisition of genital infections from contact with non-genital HPV infections.  It may happen very rarely but even that is unknown.

As I mentioned above,  transmissions to partners is hard to address and we do not feel that discussion of HPV infections is required.. ,hand to genital contact and transmission to others is not considered a concern.  I agree with this.   I suggest that you review our responses to these questions in replies to others on this site.

Hope this helps.  EEH
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