Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection that causes a skin rash. It is a poxvirus and is spread via contact. When it affects the genitals, it is considered an STD. While it does not have a cure, the virus eventually resolves itself.
Molluscum contagiosum is spread through contact. This can take place in many forms:
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No. The virus has to run its course.
Viral. The infection is caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus - a member of the poxvirus family.
Removal. Sometimes no treatment is given. Other times the bumps are removed (scraping, laser, freezing).
6 to 12 months. Untreated symptoms can disappear in 6-12 months.
No. Sexual activity should be avoided until all symptoms have resolved.
Yes. People can be re-infected with the virus repeatedly.