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Genital Warts

Anal warts

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 don't know if I have genital warts or if they are skin tags. I have had them for at least 9 years. My husband doesn't have any. We have been married for 11 years. I got them treated at the beginning for warts but nothing worked. I had them frozen which was painful. Which did shrink them but they came back. They r very flat to my skin. I stopped getting treated because another doctor said they were skin tags. Im confused. I wont get any beauty treatments that could expose them just in case they think they r warts.





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I've recently noticed a spiky looking thing growing near my clit is this normal ?





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Im a white male and hiv poz and healthy ,my viral load Is 560 and have battled with anal warts for 15years( I have never had unsafe sex) , I have had 3 operations to date (about 5 years). Im really now at breaking point. I have had pretty much every treatment possible freezing cream s laser, most of which have left damage and significant scarring . I have now have further occurrence, in the scars of the previous removal , this time they are bigger and flat and smooth like moles and very dark. This has had a devastating impact on my life and I haven't entered into any sexual relationship's with any one in 10 years. I really don't know what to do ,Going back to the gum clinic fills me with fear as last time they took biopsy's and left me in severe pain and unable to get home and badly scarred me , I dread going back , but realise I have to get this sorted , so I can live a decent life , Please can you refer a specialist that can help.





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I've got genital warts and they go down with freezing but the moment I have sex they come up again. The doctor said I can have sex when theu go down but it just keeps coming back? My partner has no signs of gw and since the doctor said we can continue sleeping together I'm insure why it won't go away. Are they telling me wrong things? I'm worried this is starting to affect our relationship as it's going on for so long!





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I am being treated for genital warts, the freezing treatment. I was wondering if my immune system will ever fight off the virus that gives me these warts or will I have to use condoms for the rest of my life so I don't spread it?





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my partners ex has said she has recently found out she has genital warts and is blaming me. i am showing no signs and neither is my partner. i am aware it can lay doorment but could i have it unaware, showing no signs and be able to pass onto my partner who could also have no signs. my partner slept with his ex when we were on a break so i am really confused. please help





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helo Doctor, I'm 48 and have genital warts, thank you for your video it has helped. My question is, I have moved from south Africa and now live in Essex, if you could recommend a doctor in this area that could help me. Thanking you





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i think i have gw how do i know i have them i have had a blow job and a hand job and i found little bumps on my knob but they have stayed there for a bit now they dont hirt idk what to do plzhelp me now im only 16 i dont wand this to mess my life up i am so scared if my mum and dad find out





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i have small little bumpes on my forskin idk if itisgw or now iamverry worred because in 16





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I've been with my partner for six years and have never had sex with any one else in thus period i have genital worts ....but my bf says it not from him when i know its not off me what are the facts





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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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