| | Diagnosed with HPV
Not sure where to start, so here goes- I am a 40 y/o male, married for the past 16 years to a wonderful wife. Prior to marriage, I was a bit promiscuous, careful (I thought), but promiscuous nonetheless. Recently I was diagnosed with Condyloma Acuminata (HPV). What led me to the doctor on this was a growth in the tip of my penis, just inside the opening. I had a scope done on my urethra and it appears this was the only growth there. The doc removed it via a combination of cutting it out and laser.
Since being diagnosed, I've done some research on HPV and have to say that my research, combined with what the doctor told me, has left me confused, so I thought maybe asking a few questions here might help.
1. Is it possible for HPV to lay dormant for so long? Some articles I read say yes, while others are more vague about this.
2. If I've had this in my system for years, is it likely that my wife also has it? Is it possible that we've been lucky and she doesn't? She gets regular PAP smears and none have been abnormal.
3. I've had "warts" for years, on and off, on my hands. Could this be related? Also, is it possible to get the warts in or around the anus even if I've never had anal sex?
4. I also am concerned about oral HPV; around the same time I noticed the growth on my penis, I noticed odd bumps on my tongue and gums. My doc hasn't tested them, but says that bumps in the mouth come and go...
5. I've also noticed small bumps on the shaft of my penis, around the base, and on my scrotum. I've looked at pictures of genital warts online, but these look more like fordyce's spots. My confusion is that some sources say that genital warts are sometimes confused for fordyce's spots, so are they that similar?
Any answers anyone could give on this would be greatly appreciated.