Most molluscum is not contagious, despite the term "contagiosum." As to where people get it, most of time, who knows? It's like asking where you catch a cold from.
If you leave mollusca alone, they go away by themselves, but it takes an average of 9 months. Aldara may help, so if you have some, apply it 3 times a week, but stop if it gets irritated. When people come to me for treatment, I usually use liquid nitrogen, though other gentle irritating methods are available. I wouldn't recommend OTC wart remedies. Since it's hard to tell on yourself which mollusca are still there, and which are just leftover red marks that didn't have time to fade yet, you're probably best off letting a professional make the assessment for you, and treat as needed.
If you have health insurance, I would recommend going to the Derm and having them removed all at once, if any are left over, they can spread sometimes.
I removed all mine myself but a couple still pop up every now and then, but they are lesser in size over time.
My husband and I are hoping to adopt a five year old boy from an orphanage in India. In his medical records it states that he had molluseum contagiosum which was removed. Is this the same thing as the STD herpes? Are there different forms of this virus? We are concerned about this being passed to other members of our family. Can this be controlled by medication? Any insight you can provide would be appreciated.
Molluscum is not related to herpes what so ever. It is more related to chicken pox and causes similiar wart like lesions. Your body cures itself of the disease over time, so he may not have it anymore. I've seen in multiple places that if all the lesions are removed and none show up for 1-6 months then you can consider the infection gone. Plus, you may be immune to it anyway. After having it for myself, it is more of an annoyance than anything.