Male, 22, gay. Visited my doctor on Monday with a rash on my bottom. Have always used protection so wasn't overly worried. Was informed it was genital warts caused by HPV, was given cryotherapy and a pamphlet and sent on my way. Read the pamphlet and did some research online, even went as far as calling the CDC info line and talking to a representative. Every new detail scaring me more and more. The way my doctor (who I've been seeing my entire life) talked to me about it, so nonchalantly, I didn't even bother asking him questions about it. Assumed that the cryotherapy would get rid of the warts and I'd be back to normal. Obviously after researching and talking to the representive from the CDC, I've learned otherwise and don't even know where to begin to start "living with the disease."
From what the representative told me, I've gathered that 1) I will always be infected/carry the virus and 2) any sex I have can spread the infection to the person I'm having sex with, even when I don't have visible symptoms. So basically I can NEVER have sex again without the risk of infecting my partner? The CDC website also had this to say "But HPV usually goes away on its own, without causing health problems. So an HPV infection that is found today will most likely not be there a year or two from now." Can someone explain this? If its an incurable disease, how is it that it "will not be there a year from now?" That is the only sentence I've read that has given me hope, however, I think I'm misunderstanding what its actually saying. The link to the website is " http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv-and-men.htm
" and the sentence is under the heading "Is there a test for HPV in men?"
I realize that there are worse things and some people have worse problems from the disease, but (as selfish and self-centered as it sounds) as a young male who just recently became sexually active, its "devastating" to find out I can never have sex again.