“Doctor can you please help me with a wart?”
How many times have I heard that, I ask myself.
Warts, particularly genital warts, plague certain unlucky individuals. Unlucky I say because transmission is through contact via one of the hundreds of subtypes of the human papilloma virus or HPV that can coalesce on the skin and appear as unsightly clusters. Some strains of HPV even cause cancer. However, I have never seen a case of a viral infestation such as this referred to me by a patient who thought I might be interested.
His name is Dede, an Indonesian fisherman who has a rare genetic defect that enables the human papilloma virus to hijack his immune system. He is also known as Tree Man.