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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is bowenoid papulosis?

Bowenoid papulosis is a rare, sexually transmitted infection that affects both men and women. It is thought to be caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16. People often present with raised pigmented lesions or papules, commonly in the genital area. Transformation into invasive cancer occus rarely, in less than 1 % of cases,

Symptoms of bowenoid papulosis

  • Multiple areas of skin redness or red spots

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for bowenoid papulosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose bowenoid papulosis

  • Do you have multiple areas of skin which are reddened or have red spots?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

Treatment for bowenoid papulosis

Some cases may resolve and heal by themselves and reuiqure monitoring by a doctor. Sexual activity should be limited to prevent infection spread. Treatment may involve cryotherapy (freezing the cells), laser or electrosurgery.

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  • Red skin


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