Genitle warts is a sexually transmitted disease, meaning that it is spread through sexual contact. It is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). There is no real cure for genital warts. There is treatment for the symptoms but once you have it, the virus remains in your body.
Genital warts may appear on the penis, scrotum, testicles, and rectal area on men. On women, they may appear on the vulva, rectal area, inside the vagina, and on the cervix. Symptoms of genitle warts may include:
Symptoms usually show up a few weeks to a few months after you are infected. After that, genitle warts may come and go, but the virus is contagious even when symptoms are not present. Some people may have no symptoms so they may not even know they have the virus, but they can still spread it to others.
Genitle warts are highly contagious. Since there is no real cure for genital warts, prevention is very important. HPV can be spread even when someone does not show symptoms of the virus, so following safer sex practices such as using a condom will minimize your risk of exposure. Note that using birth control pills or a diaphragm will not protect you from genitle warts and a condom may or may not prevent the spread of the virus.
While genitle warts are most likely to be spread through sexual contact, they can be spread in other ways as well. For instance, using a towel or other object that has been used by a person who has genital warts can spread them. Avoid using objects that may have been used by a person who has warts.
If you have warts, don't scratch or pick at them, even if they itch. This will only spread the infection. Wash your hands thoroughly after touching your warts.
Other types of warts are contagious as well, by the way. All warts are caused by some variety of HPV. Avoiding contact with any warts will prevent you from becoming infected.
While there is no real cure for genital warts, there is treatment. Traditional medical treatments include:
See a doctor if you think you have a sexually transmitted disease, because some can be quite serious. Some forms of HPV have been linked to cervical cancer. Women should make sure to see a doctor yearly for gynecological exams.
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