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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.

Remember that you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

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Hi, I woke up one morning to notice a sore, strange lump on my anal area, it looks a little blue but doesn't cause me any serious pain................. Could you tell me what it might be?





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Hi. Over the past few days I have noticed a collection of tiny white bumps right next to the opening of my vagina and slightly going inside. The white bumps appear on both sides of the opening and aren't painful or itchy. I've never had anything like this. I've looked at pictures of genital warts and herpes and it looks like neither. I'm genuinely concerned as to what they are. I've been in a relationship for 5 months and I am sexually active. The small lumps are tiny, white and almost look like a whitehead. I'm too scared to go to the doctors so could you be of any help and reassurance? Thanks





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can you get HIV from genital warts or not please help





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Hi, I'm 15 and when I first started puberty when I was 11 a few month after I noticed tiny little bumps appear on the back of the shaft of my penis at first I though they were genital warts but I haven't had sex so could they be friction bumps from masturbating which is skin to skin contact I still have the bumps





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I've recently been for a full check up. I had the full works and everything came back ok and I am clean of all sti's but I was just wondering does this mean I am free of genital warts or is this a visual thing?? They took swabs and my blood and all is well, the nurse also had a good look down there and said everything looks normal although I had a little bit of a shaving rash but I have two very tiny dots that don't seem to have disappeared and now I just want reassurance :')





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I have hvp! Went to the doctor to get recheck my test came back negative. Could I not have it any more





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I am in my early 20's and yesterday i noticed 2 small spots appear of the left side of my vagina. Theyre quite soar like a shaving rash but when i looked closer they had white head but more like blisters and spots. What is it? What should i do?





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Hi, i had 2 warts on my foreskin years ago, i had them frozen and they disappeared, a few years later they reappeared and i have left them unattended for a number of years and they have doubled in size from the originals, forming together to make one big ugly wart, can i still get it frozen and removed and where do i go as it is starting to give me some discomfort and i try to avoid sex..





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I am 15 and I have noticed Iv had an itchy vagina when I had a look I discovered I have small lumps that look more like big skin tags rather than mosquito bites, they are just of the bottom of my labium minor and also about 1cm into my vagina, I have never had actual sex but Iv had oral sex, I am really worried and to scared to get it checked by a doctor . Help





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Does the body completely fight warts off, or does it remain in your system like herpes? And can herpes ever be completely cleared from the body?





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I believe it goes away but can come back if you don't keep good care of your skin.





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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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