Can you get genital warts without sexual contact?

by Rachel on November 1, 2011

I have a small bump on the bottom of the head of my penis. Its just slightly redder the rest of the skin there and is about the size of a small bug bite. It doesn’t hurt, itch or bother me in any way, its just there.I’ve never had any form of sexual contact whatsoever and I’m the only person who’s ever touched it. This isn’t genital warts is it?

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KellyZ November 1, 2011 at 8:01 am

No. If you have never had intercourse or *any* genital to genital contact than it is very unlikely. Genital warts are sexually transmitted so there would have had to have been some sexual touching.

Lily L November 1, 2011 at 8:21 am

You can, but it’s quite rare. HPV is actually a pretty strong virus that can live outside the body in ideal conditions for a little while.

Another option might be that it is a wart, but not a genital wart. HPV strains have their favorite places to live (hands, feet, face genitals), but it’s possible you have a hand wart on your penis. You could have touched someone’s hand who had the virus and then touched your own penis.

See your doctor. They can do a biopsy to determine if it really is a wart. There are ways to cure warts . . . freezing it off, or there is also a cream they can give you. Once warts are gone, they usually never come back. :)

ssbsha November 1, 2011 at 8:38 am

Very unlikely

bactiman63 November 1, 2011 at 8:44 am

It is through sexual contact, primarily vaginal or anal sex. It is rarely transmitted via oral sex. What is different about HPV compared to most other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is that it can be transmitted through skin to skin contact during sexual activity.

Medic Christina November 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

no ! those are not genital warts!
those are just some sebaceous glands! it is normal thing because you are a virgin and are going through puberty period! so dont worry! :)

barbie girl November 1, 2011 at 10:24 am

if you have ever touched a girls genitals than after words you touched yourself (at any time period without washing your hands first b4 touching yourself) than it could be. i would go to a doctor and check it out. but its extreeeeeemly rare to have genital warts with no genital to genital contact. but reguardless go get it checked out!!

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