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What are These Bumps on My Penis? Is it an STD?

Published: February 14, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I am a 13 year old male that is uncircumcised and a virgin. I begun to notice strange pimples or bumps on my penis. They do not itch or cause me pain. The size very small. They only appear when I have an erection. I've had them for a while, since I was a 8 years old. They are the color of my flesh (white). I haven't popped them. I doubt they are and STD because I am virgin. My primary doctor has not noticed them during the checkups they do on your entire body. I reckoned they are part of the penis, but when I learned about STDs in health class I got concerned. I know that y'all cannot give me a diagnosis over the internet but I though y'all could give me an idea of what it is. Thank you.
Signed: What are These Bumpson My Penis? Is it an STD?

Dear What are These Bumpson My Penis? Is it an STD?,

If you have never had sex, the bumps could be pimples, skin cysts, ingrown hairs or pearly penile papules. Since your doctor has noticed them, but has not raised any concerns with you about them, then TeenHealthFX thinks it is safe for you to assume they are not anything problematic.

If you were having sex right now, or had sex in the past, then bumps could be a sign of an STD. But since you are a virgin, it is extremely unlikely this would be a concern.

Remember that whatever the bumps are, it is not a good idea to pop them as this could both be painful and lead to infection.

For more information, read the TeensHealth answer to I Have Bumps on My Penis. Is This Normal? If you have any other questions or concerns, TeenHealthFX recommends you speak to your doctor about it at your next visit. If anything changes with these bumps – they become painful, look infected, or change in any other concerning way – then schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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