"The first person I went to was a GP, and he burned them off using liquid nitrogen. I almost enjoyed the pain because I knew we were doing something," says Josh. But the warts came back, and there were more that were internal. The GP referred Josh to a dermatologist, who in turn referred him to a genital wart specialist at a nearby university hospital.
Further complications from the family name
Seeking treatment was particularly hard for Josh, since he had to go to the health center at the university he was attending, where his grandfather was a well-known administratorand Josh shares his grandfather's name.
Now 26, Josh was recently in a monogamous relationship for several years. He brought up the topic of HPV before he had sex with his partner for the first time. "I told him it was a really difficult thing for me and I had been proactive about treating them. I don't think it really mattered to him," he says.