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How could I get warts despite taking all the precautions?
Mar 17, 2002

I am a 38 year old Indian male. In past 6 months I visited 5 prostitutes. With one I had protected vaginal sex and with other I had hand job and oral sex (I received), both unprotected.

Though I was pretty sure that I can never have STD/AIDS, suddenly I've found genital warts. These are at the end of glans penis, flesh coloured and like pin heads, in bunches. I'm otherwise quite healthy and active, with no signs of any disease.

How could I get warts despite taking all the precautions?

What are the chances of me having contracted AIDS?

Please help

Response from Dr. Dezube

You ask a very important question, how can you get genital warts despite having taken precautions? Protected sex certainly is safer than unprotected sex, particularly when it comes to HIV. HOWEVER, warts are spread by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV can be transmitted during sex even if one dilligently wears condoms. HPV is spread by skin-to-skin contact. If you have genital warts, it's best to get them taken care of. A variety of medicines are available which work quite well. If you are concerned about having contracted HIV, then please get tested. Knowledge is power.

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