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Genital Warts

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Genital warts are the most common STI seen at genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics throughout the UK. Caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), of which there are over 100 different types, most genital warts are caused by just two types of the virus (types 6 and 11). The virus is easily passed from one person to another (men and women) through sexual contact. But you don’t need to have penetrative sex to catch them, as close genital contact (skin to skin) is enough to pass it on. Most people will not develop warts and the virus will go away without treatment, but you may not know whether you or your partner has the virus. If you do get visible warts you might notice small, fleshy growths, bumps or skin changes which may appear anywhere in the genital or anal area, either externally on the skin or internally. Treatment can involve prescription creams (but not over-the-counter wart preparations); freezing them; using a laser; or surgery.

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I have a small white bump at the top of my penis, but before the head. Can anyone tell me what it is? Should I be worried?





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i have a skin tag looking little flap a bit whitish in color between the lips and beging part of the vagina some ways above my clitoris skin tag or a wart? i will be going to my doctor in two days but i am so worried and driving my self crazy i would love an opinion the skin tag looking flap sticks out and is not flush with the surrounding skin also there is only one andi am also 13 weeks pregnant and also heavy set like i said looks like a skin tag please help thank you





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I have just been to the doctor with small lumps that look to me like skin tags on the inside of my vulva, the doctor said he thought it may be warts but I'm not convinced me and my boyfriend have been together 10months and he doesn't have any symptoms neither of us have had sex with anyone else either, is there any other way these warts can develop?, I have severe soreness and itching over a month ago and used thrush treatment these lumps only appeared after then could this be linked?





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Can I use a repeate prescription for genital warts, should I not have sex ever because I have the virus





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I have found out I had gental warts this year I have had them removed but they come back again in a diff part of the vulva, how can I prevent them coming back, also once they are froze of an completely gone can I still pass them on?





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I have genital warts on my anus and penis, i had them froze at the health clinic but they didn't disappear, actually if anything they have became worse and spread. I am currently seeing a new partner and want to have sex but I'm scared of her reaction and of people knowing. is there any way I can calm the redness and the inflimation which has unfortunately arose at the worst possible time (sometimes they aren't as noticeable and could be overlooked unless looking for them) as we are talking about having foreplay and intercourse over the weekend? I am going back to the clinic next week when I have time. I will obviously use a condom but a quick response wold be appreciated





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I'm 16 years old and have been having safe sex with my boyfriend for the past year or so. However, lately I've noticed multiple tiny white head like spots on the inside of my outer lips. I'm worried about what it could be but if there is anything I could do to treat them that would be relieving. If anyone could give me some information to what this is, it would be a great help.





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hi, i would say to you, go to yr local hospital and visit the gum clinic where they will check you out. sounds like you have genital warts.. they are one of the most common sti's about.. even though yr having safe sex you can still catch the virus through close genital contact, oh and just want too say the clinic is confidential as well , go and get checked and good luck

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i have a lump in the tip of my penis and im worried its an sti, im not sure? Its quite small but its like on/in the tip of my urethral orifice, someone help me please





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I have a wart on the inside of my left butt cheek. I've tried to freeze it off with Freeze-Away, I've used multiple topical wart remover creams, and I've even tried to cut it off and it keeps coming back. Now it looks like it's getting larger. It's one of the big puffy cauliflower ones. What section of the hospital should I go to to see about getting it removed?





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I've had a treatment cream for this but I had a very bad reaction and couldn't go to the toilet, if I leave them untreated will they get worse and more visible and spread?





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Genital warts are an infection of the skin of the genital and anal area, and the mucous membranes (lining) of the vagina, cervix and rectum. They are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Read More »

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