First off, 'ello. I've been monitoring this website for awhile now and finally decided to join in on all the discussion.
So, here's a little background story:
First off, I just turned 18. I'm male, and am a little out of shape (which I'm currently working on! :D). I've had Genital warts for a little under 3.5 years now. To save you the trouble of doing the math; I was young. But the long, depressing story aside, I've recently been able to suck-it-up and seek treatment for my condition which comes in a nice little box labeled Aldara. I assume most of you are familiar with this product? :P
Anywho, I've finally gotten over the whole "ohmigawd I have HPV, my life is ruined, I should go live off as a hermit somewhere in the mountains" stage of my life and have begun to slowly "creep out my shell," so-to-speak.
All because I'm fancy for a girl, naturally.
Now, obvious conflicting emotions of "wanting to be with her" and "keeping her ten feet away" aside, I do have something new that nags at the back of my mind; possible oral HPV? >___>;
I've noticed for a *long* while now (I can't for sure say if they were present pre- or post-encounter, hence my hesitation) that at the middle of my top lip and in the corners of my mouth I have small white "flecks" under my outter-lip skin. They don't hurt, they don't itch, they just kinda sit there. They're not even really noticable unless you get up close.....but still, the thought of ignoring it and possibly spreading the disease without talking it over with my (hopefully-but-also-not-hopefully) partner twists my stomach in knots.
Now, I've researched this case to the best I could (there doesn't seem to be a lot of articles on Oral HPV on the internet which are worth their weight in salt, go figure) and here's what I've found:
-It could possibly be Oral HPV, which I've read is rare
-It could just be oil glands
-And this one isn't founded on any medical advice, but maybe having chapped lips for most of my life (I used to detest chapstick, but now I suffer through it for the sake of keeping up appearances) could have a role to play? Though honestly, I'm not exactly holding my breath regarding this crackpot theory.
Now, also keep in mind that when my "exchange" (for lack of a better word) first happened, I was the only one to receive, and it was done orally. My mouth wasn't using in any part of this rendezvous at all; oral or simple kissing included, so the only way I could've spread the HPV to my mouth would be via hand-to-mouth (after washing my hands when I'm "done," so to speak) or via other method like a towel.
I've already scheduled a doctor's visit (technically a referral, since my doctor told me to see a dermatologist since he wasn't sure) with Kaiser Permanente, but it's not until St. Patrick's Day, and I was wondering if anyone out there would mind helping me to prepare with a buffer of information?
TL;DR? (Too Long, Didn't read): Can I spread HPV/Warts from my genitals to my mouth through a third-party such as hands or a towel? If not, are there any items which COULD transfer the warts?
Sorry for the long post, but I felt that getting it all out there might offer some kind of...I don't know..."advantage" to diagnosing my condition? (Even though I know I'm not to trust any advice on this forum as medical truth, and should still agree to meet with my dermatologist).
Any help is much appreciated. :)