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  I would like to know if Imiquimod cream is now being prescribed for skin tags.

I recently found out that my ex is on this medication and he claims his derm told him it was to treat skin tags in his genital area. I have only come across literature stating it is a genital wart treatment. Is it now a known effective skin tag treatment? Why wouldnt his doctor pick a more conservative commonly used method over a medication with lots of adverse side effects? Perhaps my ex is lying to me/maybe his derm isnt being honest with him. There are a lot of possibilities here and I simply would like an opinion so I know whether or not I have possibly been exposed to genital warts.
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I got tested for all STDs except genital warts.  My results were negative. My doctor said that there was no way to test for warts until I actually have a visible bump. This person is now my ex. I don't want to move on with my life and find out that I've been spreading gw. I'm so terrified. I only had sex with my ex one time. We used a condom but he took it off during. I noticed it wasn't on anymore about halfway through. I figured it was too late at this point and I'm on birth control, so I let him finish. He tried to go for round two but when I put my hand on his penis I felt a strange bump. It was dark so I really couldn't see it. He said it was a skin tag, something like a mole. He said he had it for at least 7 years and that I wasn't the first woman he'd explained this to. He tried showing it to me with the light on but I was disgusted and didn't want to deal with him at that point. I told him we couldn't have sex again until he got tested. So he claimed he went to the VA hospital and they took a biopsy.  He said that since he wanted it frozen off he had to set an appointment. So they gave he the imiquimod cream to use in the mean time. His discharge papers say "discharge diagnosis: small skin tag(s) on penis (condylomata acuminata)." Why does it say skin tag and genital warts? I'm confused.  Which is it?
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Does anyone have any advice?
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If he's had it for 7 years, then maybe it was a skin tag. I always read warts resolve on their own eventually, but you never read about someone who just left a wart there to see if it would. In regards to the wording on the diagnosis, you'll have to go to that VA doctor to find out. That's definitely confusing. Not sure if this helps, but:

Skin tags. These can usually be distinguished from condyloma acuminatum by their smooth surface and pedunculated appearance. A peduncle is an elongated stalk of tissue. Sessility is the state of not having a peduncle; a sessile mass or structure lacks a stalk. In medicine, a mass such as a cyst or polyp is said to be pedunculated if it is supported by a peduncle.

Did he have this discharge papers when he left his appointment, or days later? Biopsy results wouldnt be same day. He'd have to wait for them. Anyway, if you've not had any warts after six or more months, I'd go with the scenario that you're not infected.
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