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Diagnosis uncertainty

I will try and keep this short.
I recently had in total 4 bumps in my genital area 3 on my scrotum and 1 on my shaft (in my pubic line of hair) 1 in which i thought nothing of it when it appeared and picked it off. it then reappeared few months later and i picked it again. its not until i saw a spot on the base of  my shaft then i went to the doctor he looked at it briefly and said it was a wart. was shocked about how quick he diagnosed me anyway he froze it etc. I went home and that's when i spotted another 1 i saw the same doctor who diagnosed me the next day, i pointed out how it has a hair and how i read online warts cant grow hair out of them he had a look and said it was a mole.

I accepted this and went home but soon later it seems like it scabbed and disappeared (as far as im aware moles don't do this) i had the last spot appear i went to the clinic 3 times for this particular one this time a female. I told her about my past diagnosis she looked at it and sounded confused if i asked her if it was a wart but froze it anyway it scabbed over but did not go away i saw a 3rd doc and he said that it was a "dead wart it's going away" he was very thorough and examined it  so i left it for 2 weeks, no change. went to the doc again; diagnosis doc. I explained what the previous docs said and he said it looks like i got a fungal infection after looking at the bumps i had on my face from shaving ( i don't know the correlation) so now I'm confused as to what i have and don't have is it warts? is it moles? is it ingrown hairs? is it a fungal infection? Should i tell future partners? I don't know and right now the anxiety is killing me. This is all in the space of 2 months.

My partner has received the jab and isn't showing any warts. So even if i do have hpv she should be safe right? I told her about my confusion with my sexual health and she isn't worried. Although I'm a mess right now can't think clearly. Help please
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3149845 tn?1506627771
HI, this is the problem with HPV as there are no test to determine them but only a qualified doctors visual. However after been removed very rarely come back. I would suggest finding a qualitfied hpv doctor. HPV warts dont appear very quickly after exposure but takes at least 2-3 month min and the average is 6 months to a year post exposure. If you were not sexually active back then, theres a chance these are not hpv. Remember that hpv is contracted by being exposed to someones warts.
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it's too hard to say my girlfriend who we've been having sex for a year now hasn't showed any signs. i've haven't seen anything on her so i don't know. I have been to qualified doctor but when they tell me something different each time i visit or sound very uncertain it's not helpful especially since there is no test. the last visit the doctor said "could be ingrown hair or fungal infection but doesn't look like a wart to me"  but he froze it anyway because i mentioned how i was diagnosed with warts a few weeks back (in fact it was him who diagnosed me but he didn't remember my face). its hard to trust a doctor who can't diagnose a mole from other skin conditions
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Go to a dermatologist, they can remove the spot of concern and have it tested for hpv, even tell you the strain but you have to ask for this. Explain your concerns. Then you will know for certain. I did that once and was very pleased by the results. It wasn't a wart! You have to remember that the area "below" is a living organism and things never stay or look the same for this very reason. I had the same concerns as you. I have been in your shoes and have felt the same way as you! I went to my urologist and dermatologist and had them both look countless times over the last few months. Even after my urologist told me the spot I was concerned about wasn't a wart I still had it removed by my dermatologist and guess what my urologist was right all along and my anxiety got the worst of me. It consumed me.

I'll add one more thing, don't pick at anything! I've done the same and it only makes matter worse.

Hope this helps and best of luck to you!
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Thank you, I'm happy everything worked out for you the anxious feelings are hard to bare.

But i'm so anxious right now even after reading your comment all that crossed my mind is "even if this isn't a wart could the other spots that are now gone could of been warts?" and will i still be able to get the spot tested after it has scabbed? because they froze it regardless, so if it goes away when it heals what are my options?
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Honestly, I'm not sure. Contact a dermo office and explain your situation. I'm led to believe they actually treat more warts or see more atypical warts then any other doctor.  

"I went home and that's when i spotted another 1 i saw the same doctor who diagnosed me the next day, i pointed out how it has a hair and how i read online warts cant grow hair out of them he had a look and said it was a mole." The one you talk of here sounded like an infected hair follicle because you are correct warts don't grow hair!

As for the other I can't comment.
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Only a bump or wart can be biopsied. Warts cannot grow hair. Men cannot be tested and so men can never really know their true HPV health. Even if every man had no bumps/warts ever, they still cannot tell their HPV health because the high risk strains do not result in warts and because some warts are under the skin and cannot be seen by the naked eye.

As for your partner, the vaccine only covers the most popular 4 strains. Without knowing your particular strain, she cannot be sure that she was protected before you and her had sex. She should get tested as often as her health coverage provides.

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