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Molluscum Contagiosum...should i be worried about other STDs too?

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  • Posted By: gymrat_23
  • November 19, 2008
  • 09:10 PM

About 6 months ago, I went to my dermatologist because I had several large spots on my penis, one of which was on the head of my penis. I naturally thought it was herpes or some other kind of STD. She said that it wasn't an STD and diagnosed me with impetigo, which is often seen in younger children. She took a swab test and sent it to a lab...it came back and she was correct. It was a bacterial infection (impetigo). I used some topical ointment and in about a week everything went away. I believe I cought this from a girl I was dating at the time. I noticed these spots about a day after having sex with her. My dermatologist said she could have had a yeast infection or something like that....anyway.....moving on.

about 4 months ago I started dating a new girl - who I consider my girlfriend and expect to be with for a very long time...around the same time we started having sex - i noticed a handful of very small dots on my penis shaft...almost like white heads...in no particular order...randomly spread about.... i thought nothing of these as they were very very small...move forward to present time...they've been here now for about 3 months, and i've noticed a few more - and i suppose they could be a little bigger...1mm maybe...I went to the dermatologist again (which by the way is really expensive regardless of my insurance)...she diagnosed me with mulluscum contagiosum...she was very nonchalant about it. she said it was common among sexually active people. I'm on an oral pill to boost my immune system as well as topical cream (Aldara).

My girlfriend just noticed 2 spots on her vagina yesterday. She is going to her gyno to see what it is, but more than likely I would guess she has it too which totally sucks. I guess we'll deal with it together and try to be as clean as possible. Any other help you all can provide on how to get rid of these quick? I didn't get any frozen off as my derm. said it wasn't needed. they are very small.

I'm also going to ask for some STD testing... i have been sexually active since college - i've practiced safe sex maybe 50% of the time which i know is horrible...i've never had any STD testing done which kind of scares me. I have no reason to believe I have anything other than this mulluscum... Never had any symptoms of anything else. Should I be worried when i go get tested for all the STDs including H.I.V.? Like I said, I've been sexually active since college and 26 years old now. Getting these mulluscum spots makes me worry i could have additional problems.

Thanks guys.

-slightly depressed gymrat_23

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  • How i got rid of Molluscum. I have read, read and read on this subject i tried Aldara, expensive waste of time, Tea tree oil (not strong enough by itself. After reading other sucess stories this is what i did. You Must eliminate the white core from each leision. Not always are they visible, Sometimes they are smaller than you can see, just pinch low. This is a virus in your skin, not your blood. Therefore, once the white core is removed, so is the virus. Use your fingernails, get under the lesion and pinch them out one by one. There will be a lot of blood, but no pain. Use Betadine or iodine to clean the wounds after they are bleeding, this will help the clotting process. I would do 4 or 5 a day, I had about 50 of them. At night i used tea tree oil, this is really good for keeping the skin dry. 1 week of doing this the wounds healed up, 2 weeks later Molluscum free. What a crappy irritating disease this is.
    curranti4894 3 Replies
    • December 10, 2008
    • 06:50 AM
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  • I just wanted to let fellow sufferers know that I was finally cured of Molloscum after about 9 months. I never was treated (only diagnosed) by a doctor. I always popped them by myself, getting rid of the core, and using alcohol swabs afterwards. I also used tea tree oil some nights... but not all the time due to the smell.I've been free of it for over 2 months. Thank GOD!!!! i guess your immune system does finally get this thing!
    artlife111 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I don't think anyone has answered your question yet: I do not think the presence of MC should make you more or less worried about other STDs you might have. I think having the unprotected sex is the part to worry about. Meaning, yes you should be worried about having other STDs, but not because you have MC.There seems to be some data out there that says HIV infected people seem to have MC more commonly than others who don't have HIV. In my opinion this is old knowledge-- meaning, I think MC is more prevalent now than it was back in the 80s and 90s, and HIV is less prevalent now, so I don't think there's a logical correlation except that if your immunities are down -- FOR WHATEVER REASON -- you are more susceptible.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes, whenever you have sex you need to worry about STDs. Sure, go get a screening and get blood tests for hiv, hepatitis C, syphilis and the herpes 2 specific blood test since they never check for it. Shame on that one doctor who diagnosed you and didn't tell you you were contagious. You will be for a while. Now there's two of you. Don't be surprised if the lady is not too happy.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • do they look like blood blisters?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • do they look like blood blisters?Yes, they can look like blood blisters, but less "bloody", light red more than red.Take at look at these pictures, especially the ones near the end of the page:http://curemolluscumcontagiosum.com/molluscum-contagiosum-pictures/
    old_dad 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • I just wanted to let fellow sufferers know that I was finally cured of Molloscum after about 9 months. I never was treated (only diagnosed) by a doctor. I always popped them by myself, getting rid of the core, and using alcohol swabs afterwards. I also used tea tree oil some nights... but not all the time due to the smell.This is a very extreme way to cure molluscum and is likely to scar the skin. NOT recommended, especially on the face. There is so much information about molluscum and so many conflicting "cures". For what it is worth I recommend you have a look at what I think is the best site for information and a guide to treating the bumps. Myself, my wife and three of my children had MC and we had to find a cure that was good for very young children and adults. It seems to me that the best cure combines the good work of apple cider vinegar other natural products like clove oil and tree oil. Anyway, it work wonders for us! We used the advice on this site to heal them: http://www.curemolluscumcontagiosum.com
    old_dad 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • These are very extreme ways to cure molluscum and is likely to scar the skin. NOT recommended, especially on the face. There is so much information about molluscum and so many conflicting "cures". For what it is worth I recommend you have a look at what I think is the best site for information and a guide to treating the bumps. Myself, my wife and three of my children had MC and we had to find a cure that was good for very young children and adults. It seems to me that the best cure combines the good work of apple cider vinegar other natural products like clove oil and tree oil. Anyway, it work wonders for us!We used the advice on this site to heal them: http://www.curemolluscumcontagiosum.com
    old_dad 4 Replies Flag this Response
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