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How do you get Genital Warts/How can you get Genital Warts? Genital Warts Causes:
There are more than 70 types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and about 30 of them can be transmitted through sexual contact.
Other types of HPV cause warts on other parts of the skin, such as the hands. Genital warts are caused by certain strains of HPV and are most commonly associated with types HPV-6 and HPV-11. The other types of sexually transmitted HPV can cause cancer of the cervix in women and less frequently, vaginal, vulvar, anal, and throat cancer, as well as penile cancers in men. Those types are referred to as high-risk HPV.
HPV is spread by skin-to-skin contact (most often, genital to genital), not through an exchange of body fluids. Even after the warts have been removed, it is possible for the virus to be shed from the area originally infected; this means the infection can be transmitted without either sexual partner being aware of it.
How to tell if you have Genital Warts? Genital Warts Symptoms:
Warts may appear within several weeks after sexual contact with a person who is infected with HPV, or they may take months or years to appear, or they may never appear.
Genital warts may be so tiny, you might not see them. The warts may look like:
- Flesh-colored spots that are raised or flat
- Growths that look like the top of a cauliflower
Other symptoms are rare, but may include:
- Increased dampness in the genital area near the warts
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Genital itching
- Vaginal bleeding during or after sex
How to know if you have Genital Warts? Genital Warts Tests:
When warts are present, a healthcare provider can diagnose the warts visually, through a tissue sample, or a vinegar test to better detect the visual symptoms of warts.
Relief spells (Rolaids?!) Genital Warts Treatment:
The HPV virus is not curable.
However, if warts are present, they can be removed by being frozen off (cryotherapy), or burned off (electrocauterized, removed with a patient applied solution, dissolved with an acid solution, or removed by laser surgery).
What’s going to happen to me?!!?! Genital Warts Expectations:
Many sexually active young women become infected with HPV. In many cases, HPV goes away on its own.
Most men who become infected with HPV never develop any symptoms or problems from the infection. However, they can pass it on to current and sometimes future sexual partners.
Even after you have been treated for genital warts, you may still infect others.
Things to be aware of… Genital Warts Complications:
The warts may become numerous and quite large, requiring more extensive treatment and follow-up procedures.
Genital warts are seldom dangerous, but they can be uncomfortable and can cause embarrassment.
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