Personal health issues are always difficult to talk about to others, and the deeply sensitive nature of a condition like Pearly Penile Papules means that it can lead to all sorts of troubles when broaching the subject to a sexual partner, whether a committed girlfriend or one night stand. Here are a few important things to bear in mind when having the conversation.
1) They are not an STD
It is not known for certain what the causes of Pearly Penile Papules are, but it is an absolute certainty that they are not spreadable through sex or skin to skin contact of any kind. Some people report feeling uneasy during sex because of PPP, but this is most likely psychological, as they are not known to cause any pain or irritation and should not present a physical obstacle or barrier to sex.
2) They do not adversely affect your physical health
Pearly Penile Papules will not cause you to feel physically sick or unwell in anyway. They are a cosmetic impediment, and not to be mistaken for genital warts or other destructive skin conditions.
3) They are not caused by being unclean or uncircumcised
Personal hygiene does not necessarily have anything whatsoever to do with Pearly Penile Papules. Although they appear less frequently in circumcised males, removing the foreskin does not guarantee they will go away. Importantly, if you are uncircumcised and feel more comfortable that way, you shouldn’t go looking to undergo a surgical procedure like circumcision just to deal with PPP, given the risks involved.
4) They are perfectly normal and very common
It is estimated that twenty per cent of the male population have Pearly Penile Papules. You are not alone. They are obviously not easy to look at, and can cause great psychological distress, but they should not be treated as a disaster or a life threatening condition