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Molluscum Contagiosum??
Apr 2, 2001

What does that mean??? My gyno says i have it..and i really don't know what that means. I understand it's a virus. is it curable w/out drugs? what about sexual activities(including oral, touching)? what should i do? is it very contagious? i havent even had sex for a year and it(these,about 3, little pimple-like bumps) just recently showed up. Although it's possible i had a little bump similar, that i scrubbbed w/ a loafa because i thought it was a ingrown hair...it went away. is it known to come and go?help!

Response from Dr. Dezube

Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is usually a self-limited viral infection. Typically they appear as skin-colored bumps which often have a dimple in the center. In HIV-infected patients, MC can be quite severe, particularly on the face. Children get MC quite commonly. MC can be spread from child-to-child via skin contact. MC is also transmitted during sexual activity. They can even spread by shaving. In non-HIV infected individuals, MC usually persist for up to 6 months and then go away by themselves. In HIV'ers, MC usually are more persistent. MC can be readily removed by a dermatologist or other practictioner with a small curette (type of instrument), by freezing them off with liquid nitrogen or by other techniques. My best advice, which I can give to you, is to have your MC removed. If you have them removed, sexual activity should be okay. Hope this helps. BD.


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