Sexually Transmitted Diseases/HPV, skin tags, or??

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Hello,

I have had these on the shaft of my penis for a short while now and have been embarrassed to go have them checked. I wanted another opinion before I bite the bullet. More of them have seemed to appear, although they might have been there for a little while and have grown.

Thanks in advance.

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Brandon,

It's possible that they are skin tags caused by HPV, but they also might be completely harmless. In which case you could do the vinegar test to find out. Take a Qtip and soak it in vinegar then apply the solution to your skin tags; if the tissue turns WHITE, then that's a positive sign for HPV. However, if it stays pinkish skin color then it's normal tissue. In either case you can have them removed by a dermatologist Or your primary care provider. HPV is one of the most commonly transmitted forms of STI's among sexually active adults; nearly 50% of people will be exposed to HPV at some point in their lifetime. Take care.

John

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Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.

Experience

3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

Organizations
*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

Publications
American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

Education/Credentials
*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

Awards and Honors
Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

Past/Present Clients
*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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