I am a male and did not get Gardasil. I had a pinkish bump in my pubic area that I picked off about two months ago. It bled and then completely healed with nothing there.

Now, two months later, it is back. Could this be a genital wart? It is nowhere near my penis and in the hair above it.

If it is, is this a lifelong condition. I have been doing some research that says it is not. There seems to be a misconception that all viruses are lifelong conditions.

HIV and Herpes happen to be viruses that are lifelong conditions because have specific characteristics that allow them to hide in the body.

On the other hand, it seems that HPV (the virus that causes genital warts) is more akin to the common cold and the flu. A lot of research shows that it goes away after a healthy immune system "clears" it in about 6 months to two years. In fact, the fact that Gardasil and vaccines can completely prevent HPV from infecting someone is probably another form of evidence as to why antibodies can prevent future infection once the virus is cleared.

There are, however, a lot of sites that say that HPV is lifelong. They seem to take this position because HPV "cannot be cured." However, the flu "cannot be cured" either. It can, however, be eliminated by the immune system so that it does not come back again.

Are there stories of people who have had recurring genital warts for more than two years? If so, is this common?