Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

What is Human Papillomavirus? Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of viruses that is made up of over 150 strains, also called HPV “types”. More than 40 types of HPV are transmitted sexually and can infect the genitals as well as the mouth and throat of both males and females. HPV infection is currently the…

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

What is Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)? Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), also referred to as acne inversa, is a chronic skin condition that affects the sweat glands and typically features the formation of small, circular lumps around hair follicles under the skin.1  HS most commonly occurs in areas with many sweat glands, such the armpits, groin, and anal…

Fordyce Spots

Fordyce spots, or sebaceous granules, are a non-STI dermatological condition characterized by clusters of small (1 to 3 mm) elevated bumps or spots on various parts of the body. They can appear pale red, yellowish-white, or skin-colored and most commonly appear on the glans or shaft of the penis, the scrotum, the labia, or on the…

Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection from the poxvirus family that causes pearl-like bumps on the skin. The virus can be transmitted through direct contact (e.g., sharing towels, razors, toys, clothing, bedding, or gym equipment) and through sexual contact, classifying this condition as a sexually transmitted infection (STI).[1] The virus is most commonly found…

An Overview of STIs

The Basics Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that can be spread through sexual contact such as intercourse, oral sex, kissing, or shared sex toys. Also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), these conditions are more often asymptomatic than not, which means an infected individual does not show signs of infection. To contract an STI,…

Folliculitis

Overview Folliculitis, which presents as pimple-like red or white bumps, is an infection of a hair follicle. Every hair that appears on the body grows out of a tiny pouch called a follicle. Folliculitis can develop on any area of the body that grows hair, but areas typically prone to this infection include the face,…

Genital Warts

Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection (STI).1 They can be transmitted through sexual contact such as oral, penile/vaginal, and anal sex.1 However, transmission can also occur merely through skin to skin contact with someone who is already infected.1 Typically, genital warts appear on the skin in the genital or anal area.1 They are treatable…