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How do you tell the difference between Molluscum contagiosum

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How do you tell the difference between Molluscum contagiosum and genital warts? I recently went to a clinic and the doctor said I could have either one of those after he zapped them. Also my girlfriend and I are in a mongamous relationship. We currently have unprotected sex. Is it safe to continue this if we remain monagomous? How long after the warts have cleared is it safe to have sex?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Bush replied 10 years ago.

Warts are hard bumps on your skin. They can be as small as a pinhead or as large as a penny. You may have just one wart or many. Warts can develop anywhere on your skin, but they usually appear on the hands or feet.

Warts don't usually hurt or bleed unless they are injured. Warts on the bottom of the feet are called plantar warts. These can be painful to walk on. Warts on the penis or around the vagina or anus are called genital warts.

Warts are caused by an infection called human papillomavirus (say: "pap-uh-lo-muh-vi-russ"). This virus makes a place on the skin thicken into a wart or many warts.

Warts can spread from one place on your body to another place if you touch them or scratch them. You can spread your warts to other people if you share towels, razors, or nail clippers. You can spread genital warts through sexual contact. You can catch plantar warts from walking barefoot in public areas where other people also walk barefoot, such as swimming pools or locker rooms

Sometimes the only way to tell the difference between the two is with a biopsy of the area. Genital warts usually fleshy looking. Molluscum looks more like a water blister with a dent in the middle.

Either one is contagious unless you use protection. This is true even if you use birth control. The safest thing is a condom.
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
from now on I should use a condom even if we remain monogamous and end up getting married?
Expert:  Dr. Bush replied 10 years ago.
No you don't have to but there is always a small risk of getting it.
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Getting what? Assuming we both have the same HPV strain because we are monagamous are there any consequences if we have unprotected sex?
Expert:  Dr. Bush replied 10 years ago.
there are none in that situation. If you both have the exact same HPV you can't transmit it back and forth because you both have it

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