well as you've already found out, those definitely sound like warts, unfortunately...... when i found mine for the first time, i was convinced there was no possible way they could be what they were, but alas...... and as you'll discover, it is not the end of the world. they are literally just warts. even though they sound gross and are transferrable, it's not like herpes or something that is painful to deal with (that's what i had to keep telling myself!!!)
i was prescribed aldara cream, which worked wonders but itched like craaazy. warts are an immune system response, so if you stay healthy, they should stay away. of course, there are instances where it's probably not as easy as this, but when i was diagnosed, i started exercising regularly, taking vitamins regularly, and eating much better (including much more anitoxidants), and with the aldara cream (which also works by stopping this immune response) my warts cleared up in just a few short weeks. the little tiny ones were gone within 2-4 weeks, and the bigger one took about 6-7 weeks, and i've heard they can take as long as 6 months to clear!
so bottom line- stay healthy!!!! my boyfriend at the time chose to stay with me, and we waited until they were cleared to have sex again. we've had unprotected sex numerous times in our relationship, and he still has yet to complain of any warts, though it's highly likely he has hpv. as far as any "forever" cures, i've heard that your body will eventually rid itself of the strain, but i'm pretty sure this is not the case. i think your body always has the strain, but doesn't ever show itself until your immune system gets lowered. hope this information helps