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HPV, Moles, or Something Else?

My husband and I have been married for over two years and since I've known him he's had these "moles" near the base of his penis.  A couple of them, sort of in the pubic hair line around the shaft, appear to be simple (less than 1/3" in diameter) moles.  These ones are brown, don't change size or color, nor do they bother him.  He has another larger "mole" about an inch up the shaft of his penis which is larger (about 1/2" or 1CM in diameter), flatter in comparison, and slightly lighter shade of brown.

I have asked him a couple of times about these "moles" and he always states the same thing - he's had them as long as he can remember.  The only reason these "moles" keep coming up is because he's rather self-conscious when it comes to this issue.  

Though I'm not a practicing professional, having done my B.Sc. in Nursing causes everyone close to me to come to me with their health concerns.  If I can't answer a question, I can normally find the answer or someone who will have the answer, but this time around I'm stuck.

These "moles" don't bother me but I'd still like to find some answers to put my husband's mind at ease.  Having looked at a plethora of pictures online and in medical texts, the closest thing I can find are pictures of penile genital warts caused by HPV.  I suppose the answer I'm looking for is evading me because I've yet to find a picture of similar normal genital "moles" to compare.  Any thoughts?
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Yeah stop looking for answers.. As you stated he said they have been there for as long as he can remember.. Maybe since he was born? Maybe as he got older they appeared.. IDK but you need to let the subject of the matter go I am sure he is already insecure about the issue and you bringing it up probably dosent help things..... What would you be saying if he had molds on his chest or back or legs or arms???? Probably nothing.. Moles can grow anywhere on the body as you know best thing to get him to do is see a dermatologist and goodluck with him doing that....
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Perhaps you should read my first post over again.  I stated:

"I have asked him a couple of times about these "moles" and he always states the same thing - he's had them as long as he can remember.  The only reason these "moles" keep coming up is because he's rather self-conscious when it comes to this issue." and... "These "moles" don't bother me but I'd still like to find some answers to put my husband's mind at ease."

My husband is the typical, stubborn type and doesn't like to go to doctors unless the issue is life-threatening.  Considering the placement and the delicate nature of his issue, he often comes up with new questions which I am unable to answer.  Again, these do not bother me - I love him, regardless of any "flaws" or conditions.  His insecurity and anxiety caused by this can be quite apparent to me at times, and I hate to see him suffer mentally or in any other way.  This is why I'm asking.
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His insecurity and anxiety caused by this can be quite apparent to me at times, and I hate to see him suffer mentally or in any other way

I dont need to reread anything your last sentence says it all he is insecure but yet you are determined to put him on the spot about it.... I am surprised that he hasnt just come out and told you this.. But anyway you are searching for nothing I am sure if he was worried you would be the first to know Goodluck!!
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Allow me to add more clarification:

I am not the one grilling him about the issue.  He's the one asking me what's going on if the occasional paranoia gets to him.

My first suggestion to anyone is to go see their doctor or another applicable health care professional, but taking his insecurity into account, he has a hard enough time asking me if everything looks "normal" - So, obviously, he's not going to want to show a doctor.  This leaves him suffering in silence which is hard to watch when you care about someone's well being.
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Well many males are that way when it comes to dropping ur pants and showing your stuff.... Maybe with your back ground you can ease his fears and get him cked out that way you both know what the issue is... In my opinion anytime someone has something going on in the private area its always hard to talk about it.. But in life to Drs its normal and they do it everyday and they see it to..

Talking to him staright up and letting him know how you feel when it comes to him being insecure bothers you maybe that will motivate him to get cked out.... I mean he has to face it sometime or another..
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Oh, I totally agree.  I haven't met many men without some sort of insecurity like this - but us ladies are also plagued by similar issues.  

As it stands, over the past four years, I've noticed to change in size, appearance, or quantity of these moles.  This leads me to believe they're likely nothing.  The only reason the subject keeps coming up is because one of the moles is larger and somewhat different in appearance.  My best educated guess is that the larger is some form of a pigmented nevus - basically a birthmark.

Now, I know it is possible to have a mole or birthmark anywhere on the body, but I'm still left wondering about the frequency of multiple types of nevi in the genital area of men.  I'm quite certain my husband would feel much better if he honestly believed he wasn't the only one.  :)
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I am sure he is not to many men on this EARTH... Talk with him and to ease your mind and his tell him you want him to let a Dr look at it....
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I am 23 and I think I 've had them for at least the last 3 years.  I don't really remember if I've had them all my life or if they just appeared these last couple years.  I have become a little worried, because I am wondering if it is cancerous or something.  I am insecure about it, but I feel like I should get it checked out by my doctor and dermatologist, because I'd rather know what it is than have this anxiety and worry that your husband is feeling as well.  
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i am 22 years old , i have these moles as well. i dont know if theyve been there forever and i just never noticed them because they were too small to realize at first or if they just randomly appeared. mine are dark brown a few are very tiny and a few are larger . one is a peach shade . i have 9 of them , however they have changed much in the past few years and they havent multiplied at all. i thought i had HPV for the longest time , and i am very insecure about them . but every article ive read about HPV (genital warts) says they multiply . mine havent so im also curious as to what is the issue . i dont have medical insurance and cant afford a medical bill at this time otherwise id be getting them looked at . might i add that i noticed them about 3 years ago just after getting out of a tanning bed . i dont know if it has something to do with me tanning like i used to but i sense havent been in a tanning bed or booth because im scared that maybe that had something to do with it,
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I just learned I have hpv this week, after getting the mole i've had my whole life, near the base of my penis biopsied.  Mole had been there forever,  then it became slightly more raised when I was around 22.  A few months ago, a new wart like thing appeared on my penis, about where that spot on my penis would touch the mole on my thigh.  So I would get it looked at... My only option is the become the healthiest man around,  and try to boost my immune system to kick its ***.  Better to find out soon, while you're young with a good immune system
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