Hello there Dr. HHH, I have read through your forums and watched your youtube videos, I appreciate that you're educating many people and helping people with stress and fear due to STI's and misinformation. Thank you.
To the problem: I have been in a monogamous relationship for about 3 years now, recently broken up due to stresses about HPV and GW.
Help with my obsession please!
I am a 25 y.o. male, semi regular exercise, no underlying health condition. About a year ago when my grandma passed away from lung, bone and brain cancer I was extremely stressed and noticed some darker brown (fair asian complexion) bumps in my pubic area, around base of shaft, circumsion scar and just under the head of the penis. Thought they were ingrown hairs since they're small and I shaved at the time. A month or two passed, still present so went to local RN she diagnosed me with genital warts and proceeded with Cryotherapy along with Aldara. In about 6 weeks I was cleared by her, I noticed 3 small bumps that were tiny but she said they'll go away on their own. This was in May.
Then in December I noticed that they got slightly larger and darker, so I went in again and she froze them off and she recleared.
1) I have presented GW and been treated multiple times, I was clear for about 6 months, then treated again about 2 months ago for some "stragglers". I am now looking at some small bumps that are not the same colour as the gw from before. Its been about a year. What is the usual clearance time for Genital Warts, after having it for a year and being clear for months at a time? If new bumps do arise, does this mean I'm still fighting off the same infection and losing due to stress?
2) Should I apply Aldara that I have left over from previous treatments to these "suspected bumps"? They are flesh coloured, no cauliflowering from what I can see.
3) Should I be concerned that its been a year, have suspected bumps and been treated a month ago?