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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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Can a female get HPV/genital warts by swallowing semen of someone who is infected with the virus?





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I have white patches on the front of my vagina first but then I developed white patches on legs and now on my lips I have white lines that look like scars it has spread all over my body especially on the hands iv tried too many creams from the doctor nothing has worked I also have a permanent rash around my nose and mouth and it seems to get worser when I brush my teeth now the corners of my mouth are cracking and tried many creams and medication this is doing my head in my skin looks horrible





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If ive been in contact with someone who has genitial warts but i dont have any signs of them myself, say if i was to sleep with someone who hasnt got them will that person catch them even if i havent got any signs of them?





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I contracted the hpv virus last year resulting in two warts showing up on my penis both had them frozen off I've not had any since my penis looks fine no warts am i safe too have sex. i am in a new relationship i am scared incase she leaves me.





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Hi mate, i had genital warts which I got from a partner years ago on holiday. It didn't show at first but about 2 weeks after. It was safe after around 2 months I think to have sex......better safe than sorry lad! Hope this helps !!

hi,i have genital warts n hav applied podophyllin for two days n they r disappearing but leaving me with very painful sores that i cant even pee in peace, am almost screaming in the bathroom ,please help me





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im 22 my bf is 23. i was on the depo i need to update it,why does it hurt when i have sex with my partner is it because i have warts and there in the way? my vagina gets sore very quick and not much lube?after sex it swells up like a balloon and i cant walk for a good half an hour and hurts to wee? why is this its like a burning stabbing pain? i get this every month and i dont know why?





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I'm the same but I am older but it have always had this :(

Can you catch genital warts by recieving oral sex off someone who has just given oral sex to somebody who has warts?





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I use to have genital warts but I don't see them anymore but my genital area sill itches. I was wondering if I could use something like cream to stop the itching? Im also starting to see little tiny warts appearing under my eyes? I have no idea what to do, I already went and see my doctor but she told me that I can wait for a while to see if my body gets rid of them on its own and it did but now im seeing the tiny ones under my eyes.





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Hi, I'm 14 and really need help!! I have a bump around the middle of my penis and it looks like it can be a wart. But one thing, it feels to have a bump in there!!! I can pop the thing I think is a wart! The bump inside the think I think of what it is to be a wart is full of puss and is really hard I had sex before but I had the bump before it! I've had it since early or middle of July !





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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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