I have pearly penile papules. What should I do?

 Pearly penile papules are small round bumps on the rim of the penis head.  Usually flesh-colored or a little lighter, many males who find them worry they have an STI. Despite their appearance, pearly penile papules are not a sexually transmitted infection. They are not cancerous or contagious, and they do not need to be removed for any medical reason. Often, pearly penile papules can appear and disappear naturally over time.

Those who feel self-conscious about having pearly penile papules might consider a removal procedure called “carbon dioxide laser ablation.”  However, many medical professionals do not recommend this treatment since it is not medically necessary. The procedure can also leave scarring or cause infection. Be sure to talk with your doctor in depth if you are considering having your pearly penile papules removed. Teen Clinic does not offer this service.

So in short—nope! You don’t need to do anything at all.  You are still safe and healthy. Talk with a provider at Teen Clinic if you want to brainstorm how to discuss this with partners.