Reading this entire thread gave me so much hope, particularly people's stories so I thought I'd share mine.
About 8 weeks ago, I felt two tiny lumps just above my anal cavity. Upon feeling them I asked my wife if they were piles (as she has them often) and she said 'probably' so I didn't think anything of it. About a week later, I was curious so decided to awkwardly bend over in front of the mirror and check them out. To my horror, they weren't piles, they were two tiny warts!
I'm a little naive, and didn't even think they could be an STI of some sort given my only sexual partner in ten years has been my wife. My train of thought was simply that it was my body reacting to being run down and unloved. For a bit of context, my diet consisted of 20 cigarettes a day, 8+ cups of coffee during the day, 2 glasses of wine a night and fatty, processed, greasy foods for my meals.
After seeing these two little invaders, I wanted to get rid. I've never had a wart, so was unaware of how they behaved. I just thought I could cut them off and be done with it!
Stupidly one evening, I washed myself down there, sterilised a pair of kitchen scissors, got a towel ready and simply snipped them off. Cue loads of blood and a slightly white looking man about to faint.
Two days later, all healed and I thought everything was fine.
Call it three more days and i had a look at my ass to see what the damage was. This time, I could see not just two, but four small warts. Three at the very bottom of my anal cavity and one just on the right hand side. I was mortified.
I instantly googled 'anal warts' and felt a bit sick when I read into it. These things WERE sexually transmitted, and at some point I'd received them and they've been almost hiding inside me waiting to come out. If I had them, surely my wife did too?!
I've always had cold sores, so it was no major surprise to see I had HPV, but I never envisaged this could spread somewhere so private!
I didn't want to go to the doctor, so I did some research online and decided that 'Wartner' was my best bet initially. I bought the freezing product and that night dabbed my ass with it as per the instructions. Now, I waited.
Four days passed and there wasn't any difference. So I dabbed again. Nothing for a week.
In desperation, I clicked on an Adword online when I googled anal warts and found 'SomXL'. It was only £20 so I ordered it and four days later it arrived. I started using it, once in the morning and once in the evening. The stuff stings and I noticed my warts not receding, but actually getting bigger.
Now I was panicking.
The whole episode started to get me down. I was worried that the warts would never go away, that they would blow up and be like the worst case scenarios you see on google images (NEVER look there people!). I was embarrassed and ashamed.
My wife could tell I was down and asked me to talk to her. I did. I said I had a 'wart', still scared to say 'warts'. She was so good, simply brushed it off and said 'I get cold sores all the time down there, we've always had them since we met each other it's not a big deal' and told me to go to the doctor.
I felt better instantly. She was right, we both sometime 'flare up' as a result of an STI one of us (we don't know who) passed to the other when we first met. It's a non issue for us, given we've no intention of meeting other partners anytime soon!
I booked an appointment at the docs and the next day went up.
The doctor who saw me was an older Asian woman who wasn't my normal doctor. I said I was concerned and asked if she could help me. At that point, she told me she'd examine me but would need to have a colleague in with her to supervise. I could feel the embarrassment kick in already.
Without a choice, I simply agreed and she told me to go behind the curtain and undress. I sat there waiting for her to come back into the room, and when she did she said she was with a lady called Claire. Both came through the curtain and as Claire simply stood staring at me, the doctor proceeded to take a peek at my ass and say 'OK'. Ordeal over.
I got changed and sat back down as the doctor started looking something up. She was silent for all of a minute but if felt like hours. She turned to me and said 'you have warts'. Her tone had changed. I said, 'OK.'. She then said 'have you ever been in a same sex relationship?'. I just looked at her and said 'well, no. The only relationship I've been in for the last ten years is with my wife, why?'. She then just said 'well I don't know how you catch this, who gives who, if you've been with a man..' and shrugged at me!! I was getting agitated at this point when she printed off a pile of paper and said 'read this and make an appointment at the Sexual Health Clinic, I can't help you here.' I asked her if the warts can be treated and if so how to which she said 'read the leaflet and make an appointment ok'. She really was quite rude.
I left, feeling worse than ever. Properly embarrassed, ashamed and confused. I couldn't book at the clinic as the hours weren't favourable with my working hours and the clinic was not commutable easily by public transport. I was seriously stressed out at this point.
I went home and started researching more about these warts. I read how diet can impact them, hat smoking was making it harder to treat and then I stumbled on this forum. What a lifesaver!
ACV was ultimately my last hope. That night I bought some and left a cotton wool ball in my ass crack on the warts all night. The next morning, I took it off, showered and went to work. At lunch, I came home and cleaned the area, then applied a new cotton wool ball with ACV to the area and left it in all day.
The next morning, I had a feel of the area and it felt smaller. I started to feel better.
I applied a cotton wool ball that night (it stung like a bastard this time) and left it in. In the morning, my ass was incredibly painful! I left it and that night had a look at my ass - warts had gone!
I couldn't believe it! That was a week ago, and truth be told my ass has been so painful since (bleeding when wiping, a bit itchy, generally uncomfortable etc).
Tonight, I looked in the mirror and thought that the wart to the side was still there. I thought I'd do ACV on it again to get rid, but upon closer inspection it's not so much a wart as it is a white skin Mark. Not sure if this was the wart once upon a time or what but I've applied ACV any way.
Overall, ACV has been a god send. It's not the easiest to apply and it does have its drawbacks but it's a quick method that gets rid of anal warts. Amazing.
I will also say, people sort your diets out too.
This whole experience has given me a wake up call. I'm two weeks a non smoker, have cut the caffeine out and I'm eating healthy, raw foods and supplementing my diet with vitamins. Keeping this up will hopefully keep those warts at bay and if they do come back, I'll have ACV ready for them.
Thanks to all for sharing your stories on here, and I hope new visitors who are looking at this site in a bit of a panic like I was will take some solace in my tale.