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Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Question: Small lump/lesion on tip of penis/urethra

 pscholes - Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:56 pm

I am a 23 year old male. I have just discovered a reddish (slightly brighter in color than the surrounding area) lesion at the tip of my penis just within the opening of my urinal tract. The lump/lesion is slightly concealed as it is inside the opening and can only be seen properly when spreading the opening. Therefore it is hard for me to say how long it has been there as it can be hard to notice it. The lump/lesion is soft, raised and approximately 3mm in diameter.

It is painless, doesn’t itch and does not hurt when I urinate.

I don’t know whether it is an STD or not. I have not had sex for more than 2 months and in the last 1.5-2 years I have had sex with only 2 partners. Could it be genital warts? As far as I know my previous partner does not have genital warts, however I do have a wart on my hand – is it possible for a wart to be contracted from hand to penis?

I am very worried about this, especially because I am currently in a situation where I can not visit the doctor for another 3 weeks. Any advice as to what it might be or possible treatments will be greatly appreciated.

Thankyou very much.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:29 pm

User avatar Hi Pscholes,

This lump may be related to an STD or may be simply an area of irritation from something else such as friction from clothing, etc. If STD's are a possibility I would recommend that you be fully evaluated for these because they can be asymptomatic, especially in men.

Regarding genital warts, they are not spread from hand to penis. It's the same virus that causes both forms of warts but different strains. The strain that causes hand warts does not cause genital warts.

Best wishes.

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