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Forum Name: Viral Infections
Question: Can it be from me?
|me2005 - Fri Dec 30, 2005 5:36 pm||
Hi, I just learned today that my boyfriend that lives far away found out 3 months ago has molluscum contagiosum. I have not seen him since (from his diagnosis 3 months ago) 5 months before that. He has not had sexual contact with anyone since either. I however do not show (and haven't) any symptoms of molluscum contagiosum but his doctor still believes it came from me because it is located it on his penis and he hasn't had sexual contact with anyone else. Can this be possible when I don't show symptoms and it has been so long? or is it more probable he caught it from something such as a towel? Is there anyway I could have the virus and spread it without having lesions? Thanks.
|Shana Johnson, CNA - Fri Dec 30, 2005 5:54 pm||
A person can contract molluscum contagiosum primarily by direct contact, either person-to-person or by shared items, such as clothing, towels, and washcloths. MC can be spread by touching the rash and then another part of the body. Although the likelihood of infection is generally low, it is unknown how long a person is contagious.
Sexually: It is likely that genital lesions are sexually transmitted. Lesions develop within 2-3 months after exposure. Not all genital lesions in adults are sexually transmitted, however.
If you have never had any lesions, then you don't have molluscum contagiosum.
It is more likely your boyfriend has had sexual contact with someone else, and is withholding the information, touched someone else with it, then touched his penis, or used clothing worn by someone who has the infection.
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