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Exposure with the presence of Molluscum

Aug 12, 2012

Hi Doctor,

I have been concerned with an exposure about 6 weeks ago (18

June 2012). I am 27, female, having multiple partners

recently. Well, it was not full sex, just foreplay but I

have concerns because:

my partner had LOTS of pre-cum that it stained my underwear

--I kept underwear on so no direct contact with vagina but

his genital did have contact somewhere a bit above the anus

(near the end of the spine but more of close to anus--sorry

for the poor description ). Now the problem is I was diagnosed with molluscum 2 weeks

later(mainly in genital area after a pubic hair shaving) and

suddenly I realised the tiny bump close to anus (close to

the location as described above) that had been there for a

few months was a molluscum bump and it got spread when I

shaved. So in that exposure, the molluscum lesion was

present and this open sore had possible contact with pre-


Please evaluate the risk in this exposure.I heard that

presence of STDs, like wart, herpes, chlamydia increase the

risk of infection due to open sores and inflammation etc.

But what about exposure with the presence of molluscum? Btw: the bump I had was very tiny, firm, no itchy or pain,

and seemed not irritated after the exposure when I began to

get the treatment for molluscum.

Your answer would be mostly appreciated.

p.s. I just read about the 'facial wasting' and 'skinny legs

and big belly' among people infected, and I couldn't help

thinking that my partner had exactly the same thing, though

not looking the most severe--but being a young person, such features looked odd on him. And I began to notice anything

on any person's body that lead me to speculate his/her hiv

status. This drives me a bit crazy.

Response from Mr. Cordova

Hi, there:

Since you had underwear on for this incident I would not be concerned. HIV needs direct access to the bloodstream for an infection to occur. Direct access to the bloodstream most often happens during unprotected penetrative sex and needle-sharing. With no direct access to the bloodstream, there was no risk for transmission of HIV. Having Molluscum would not increase the likelihood of infection in this case as Molluscum lives on the surface of the skin only.

In health,


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