Genital warts are highly contageous and curable
What are genital warts?
Genital warts usually appear on the penis, vulva, urethra, vagina, cervix and around and in the anus. Genital warts are soft, flesh-coloured or gray growths found in the genital area and anal region. They are sometimes referred to as condyloma acuminata or venereal warts.
What causes genital warts?
Genital warts are caused by a certain types of human papilloma virus (HPV). Some of these HPV viruses can lead to cancerous changes in the cervix and they can cause cervical and vulva cancer. It is estimated that almost 90% of all genital warts cases are caused by 2 strains of the virus: types 6 and 11. These two strains have a low cancer-causing potential. There are other, more dangerous strains like HPV-16 (responsible for about 50% of cervical cancers) and HPV types 16, 18, 31, and 45, also known as “high risk” virus types. HPV is believed to cause 100% of cases of cervical cancer.
How do you contract genital warts?
Genital warts can be contracted during a sexual contact involving anus, mouth or vagina. Generally, about two-thirds of people who have sexual contact with a partner who has genital warts will develop them within the next three months. The virus can be spread even when there are no visible signs that a person has contracted warts. They may stay invisible for six weeks or six months after getting infected, in fact, they may remain invisible for years. If you contracted genital warts it does not mean that your current sexual partner has passed it onto you from another person.
How to recognize genital warts?
Genital warts are very common sexually transmitted disease. They are most common in sexually active teenagers and young adults. They are difficult to spot because most people have no symptoms. In women, they can spread to areas inside of the walls of the vagina and cervix and become even more difficult to discover.
Genital warts come in two forms: they can look like sightly raised or flat flesh-coloured spots or they can be in the form of little stalks that are grpouped together to resemble the top of a cauliflower. Their size may range from less than one millimetre (1 mm = 0.039 inches) across to several square centimetres (1 cm = 0.39 inches) when many warts join together. They can be smooth to touch or rough with many finger-like projections (in anal area)
In females they can be located inside the anus or vagina, outside the anus and vagina and on surrounding skin and in the cervix. Aditional, though rare symptoms that may indicate wart infection are increased vaginal discharge, genital itching and vaginal bleeding during or after sex. In most cases warts growing inside the vagina will show no symptoms.
In males they can appear on the penis, urethra, scrotum, groin area, thighs and inside or around the anus. In some cases they can be hidden by hair or in the inner side of the uncircumsized foreskin in males. Sometimes bleeding or urinary obstruction may occur when the wart occupies the urethral opening.
Genital warts can also be found on the lips, mouth, tongue and throat.
How to get rid of genital warts?
Genital warts should be diagnosed and treated by a doctor. In males the warts are diagnosed with a visual examination. In women, the examination will consist of a pelvic examination and colposcopy (magnification). The warts virus also causes abnormal results in Pap smear.
Do not attempt to treat genital warts on your own! OTC remedies are usually not ment for genital, but other kinds of warts.
There are two kinds of treatments for genital warts: topical treatment and surgical removal.
Topical treatmens include the use of various creams, lotions and chemicals: Imiquimod (for larger warts), Padophyllin and Podofilox (for clusters of small warts) and Trichloroacetic acid – TCA (for small warts that are very hard).
Surgical procedures include: cryotherapy (for multiple, small warts on the shaft of the penis or on, or near, the vulva), electrosurgery ( for large warts that develop around the anus or vulva that have failed to respond to topical treatments), laser surgery (for large genital warts that are difficult to access) and surgical excision (for small, hardened warts).
If you have warts, your sexual partner should be examined and treated as well. Many males show no signs of wart infection, yet they are able to pass the virus onto their partners. The virus can be passed on before or after the warts are present. If a woman has had warts, regular Pap smears are recommended every three to six months after the innitial treatment. In cases of precancerous changes, further treatment is needed.
How to prevent genital warts?
The best way to prevent genital warts is to stick to one sexual partner who you know is disease fee. Using condoms during sex can only provide partial protection because the area around the penis could be infected with the virus which can be passed onto you during the intercourse. There are two kinds of vaccines that provide protection against four HPV strains that are responsible for most cervical cancers in women. The vaccine is recommended for girls and women ages 9 to 26.
Final tip: strong immune system will fortify you against all kinds of warts, including genital warts!
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