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Don't know if you'll have an answer for this, as it's a fairly specific question, but I'll give it a shot.

My boyfriend has had these bumps on his hand since I met him, and neither of us knew what they were. They look sort of like just irritated skin, I thought nothing of it.

(For reference, here is an image I found that is close to what they look like, but localized on a part of his hand. It's a really tame medical image, nothing gross I promise!)

He finally saw a doctor and they were diagnosed as warts, flat warts to be exact. They're just as contagious as the more typical warts, and can take up to a year to develop.

He's definitely used that hand to touch my genitals, my question for you is this: will I be getting these on my genital area because of this? Is this considered herpes? I understand genital warts as a STI, but I've never had to consider what this would be until now.

[ 03-15-2012, 01:52 AM: Message edited by: pixeltd ]

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Warts are the HSV virus, not the herpes virus. And the kind of HSV that causes warts on the hands and feet is a totally different kind than the kind that can be sexually transmitted.

So, no, warts on the hands would not present a risk of genital warts.

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