Anonymous asked in HealthMen's Health · 2 months ago

What causes pearly penile papules.?


My boyfriend has them they are very tiny white bumps around the rim of his penis head. I'm afraid it's a std or cancer. He's uncircumcised 

5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
    Favourite answer

    This is HPV.  Most uncircumcised guys carry this disease as well as several other STDs and infections.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    They’re normal and most guys have them.  They are not HPV.

  • 2 months ago

    Not HPV, and they are not the same as genital warts.  See the article in the link:

  • Andy C
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Persephone's Pubescent Prolapse,  mostly. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    A virus, called Human Papilloma Virus - or HPV.  The papules can be frozen or burned off, but the virus will remain so the papules can recur.  HPV is sexually transmissible.  There is a vaccine to prevent it, but once contracted it is incurable.


    See Landshark's post.  HPV bumps or lumps usually appear on the penis shaft, not the head, as you've described.  A ring of raised bumps around the rim of the penis head is more likely to be PPP, which is a normal, non-contagious condition.  What causes it isn't known, but it's likely the effect of genetics or hormones.  It might go away as your boyfriend ages.  

    An HPV bump often occurs alone, although there can be several at once in a cluster, the cluster will be irregularly shaped and distributed randomly among other bumps.  They don't occur in a pattern or arranged with some body feature - for example along the rim of the penis head.  

    HPV papilomas tend to be white or pink in light-skinned people.  When they first appear they can be mistaken for a tiny piece of white cotton lint clinging to the skin.  They CAN also appear inside the mouth or throat, or even in one's eyes.

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