As an uneducated and naive 18 year old I managed to catch genital warts back in 2005. It was just the one wart and I used a herbel remedy to remove it (well, I thought it had removed it). I was unaware of genital warts at the time, how it was caught etc and presumed that once it had gone that was that. About 10 months later I began a relationship and approximately 8 months into that relationship she developed warts to my shock and surprise. She was more informed about what to do and went to the clinic where she had them treated - unfortunately, a few months later I then developed about 4 or 5 more little ones which I semi-treated by using warticon cream - they never fully went, the relationship ended for other reasons and I decided to just leave them be. Is it possible that the virus managed to spread on myself during this relationship? About 3 years had passed and I decided to try and get rid of them once and for all - I have had several cyrotherapy treatments and also I use warticon cream - they both work initially - but then the same warts come back within a week - I must be on my 6th cycle of treatment at least by now and yet they still keep recurring - in one instance a new one has appeared at a completely different location. I went to my GP to request aldara cream as I believe this has a better clearance rate but he refused to prescribe it - just referring me back to the GUM clinic.
After having this for 5 years, does this mean I'm doomed to having them recurring persistently for the rest of my life? Will they ever go away for any longer than a week to a month? Could my immune system still defeat the virus or should I give up all hope? I am a very healthy, active person, I dont smoke - although I do drink alcohol most weekends.
I am now in a new relationship, who I have informed of my situation - what are the chances of her both contracting the virus, and furthermore actually developing physical symptoms? We have been sexually active (always using a condom) for 3 months now and there appear to be no symptoms. Also, should she contract the virus - is it likely to then make my own symptoms worse?
Finally, I have a warm sensation (not quite burning, but just an irritable warming sensation) which feels as if it is all around my penis, anus and possibly scrotum - it almost feels like a burning feeling within my body rather than externally - it also doesnt appear to be where any warts are visibly present - could this have anything to do with HPV? I am clear of all other STIs.
Many thanks in advance for your answer - I have searched the internet looking at all sorts of answers but none are ever direct to my own symptoms. I have also spoken to the doctors and nurses at the clinics who have provided me with different answers.