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Can You Have Molluscum Contagiosum And Not Have Growths

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What Is Molluscum? How Does Molluscum Spread? How Do I Know if I Have Molluscum? How Is Molluscum Treated? Can Molluscum Be Prevented? Drug Interaction Problems The Bottom Line What Is Molluscum? Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection. It is caused by a virus. Molluscum causes small bumps (lesions) to appear on the skin. Most of them are less than half an inch in diameter. They have a hard white core. Some lesions have a small...
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Molluscum contagiosum in monogamous couple

During a recent visit to my gnecologist, I asked about 3 little bumps around my thighs/external vaginal area. She thought that while they could just be hair follicles, they could also be molluscum, and so she used cutterage (ouch!) to remove the...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question. The symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum generally appear 7 days to 6 months after infection. This infection is easily diagnosable through lab tests. Although this infection is most often transmitted sexually, it can... Read more »


Dr. BobThis forum you have created is incredible. Just reading the different posts helps with needed information. Thank you for all you do.No sex police with me (hetero) but I can say no condom failures BUT small 3 hr old paper slices / dried...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Are you back again so soon?1. Molluscum is not "indicative" of HIV. Molluscum is an entirely different disease. See below. In someone who is immune compromised molluscum contagiosum and be more severe, persistent and difficult to... Read more »

Does having Molluscum Contagiosum mean I'm HIV+?

If one has been diagnosed with Molluscum Contagiosum on their inner thighs and buttocks, is this a clear indicator that they are infected with HIV?...
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
No, MC is caused by a type of wart virus and is spread from touching the skin of another person with the virus. It is not related to HIV (a completely different virus). They can both be spread sexually. If you are concerned about HIV, rather than... Read more »

I need help please (MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM, 2010)

About 2-3 months ago I came down with a case of Molluscum. I was orginally diagonised with folliculitis and then it switched to molluscum which was confirmed by biopsy. Not being sure where this came from I blamed my ex-girlfriend. A few days...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I think you may owe your ex-girlfriend an apology! Molluscum are quite easy to contract and the vast majority of cases have absolutely nothing to do with HIV! (See below.)As for your girlfriend's "expidious" test results, rapid... Read more »
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Molluscum Contagiosa

Posted by SoHush, 1 Reply
Can somebody explain this to me
is it a STD or is it a definite sign of HIV infection.

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Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I tested neg at 3 months..... and many will say that's all I need, and not to worry. Now, at almost a year after the possible exposure, I have molluscum all over my inner forearms. a dozen or more on my trunk. All over. They are small, barely... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I should have my results tommorow, I know they are positive. I think I have molluscum all over my genitals. This is without a doubt the worst night of my life, I have to try and sleep while awaiting the results that will shape the rest of my life, I... Read more »

Molluscum and HIV

Posted by xrayvison, 4 Replies
Well I am wondering how the two are connected if at all. I mainly have them on my scrotum and a few on my penis. I am possibly concerned I might have a few on my face but I honestly don't know if thats what they are or not on my face. But I read... Read more »