What Are Ginital Warts

Ginital warts are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), a common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Also known as condyloma and venereal warts, genetial worts may have the following visual characteristics:
  • Small, flat bumps the color of the skin.
  • Tiny bumps occurring in clusters and resembling cauliflower.

Although some cases of ginital warts are apparently visible, many cases do not present signs you can see. Just because you cannot see genetial worts does not mean you are free from infection!

Genatal warts can occur on the penis, near the anus, or in between the penis and scrotum on men; they occur on the vulva, on the perineal area, in the vagina, or on the cervix in women.

Genetial worts are passed from one partner to another during vaginal, oral or anal sex.

The only sure fire way to prevent ginital warts is to abstain from sexual activity. However, if you are sexually active, having sex with one partner who has sex only with you will lower your risk of contracting HPV and genetial worts.

Condoms may help prevent transmission of genatal warts, but are not 100% effective, as they do not always cover all affected areas of the skin.

There are several strategies for treating ginital warts. These treatments may rid the body of warts, but will not clear the body of the HPV virus. Usually, the body's immune system fights off the HPV virus within 8 to 13 months - however, the virus has been known to stay for life.

Each patient must weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each type of treatment before deciding on the best course of action.

Here are some examples of genatal warts treatments:


Though many cases of ginital warts cure themselves, it is still a good idea to visit a doctor if:

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