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Hi there!

I was just reviewing some of your information about STIs (and their transmission!) and was surprised to see Molluscum contagiosum on the list! I know you've written that they're not technically an STI, but I hadn't even thought about the possibility of transmitting them. I've had molluscum for probably about a year, and I have NO idea how I got it. When my doctor diagnosed me he told me it was nothing to worry about, and didn't tell me that they were easily transmittable (he just told me not to pick at them and to wash my hands). I was under the impression that if they weren't 'open' in any way, the virus would remain dormant. Is this the case?
I've shared towels and beds with various people over the past year - none of whom have told me they've gotten it (although that obviously doesn't mean they haven't!), but I'm wondering whether you have any more information on it or suggestions with how to deal with it in the future! I've been told it can remain dormant for a long time in the body and I'm not entirely willing to give up cuddling until all the spots disappear, but what is the proper etiquette around this?

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Molluscum is one of the few illnesses that can be sexually transmitted that I do not feel very qualified to give this kind of information about. It just is not one I have spent a good deal of time learning about or working with over the years.

If the doctor you see cannot give you that information, and the link I am including below does not give you all you want, nor did our page on it - and the link is similar info - is it an option for you to see a different doctor?

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