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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 found little bumps on the shaft of my penis a few days ago...i dont know whether they are genital warts or not...i am too nervous to make an appointment with me doctor (im 15 by the way) and i dont want my parents to find out...please help





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I'm 15 and i recently had oral sex with my girlfriend. i believe that i may have genital warts but i don't know what to do about it because i daren't tell either or both of my parents. What can I do?





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I'm 14 and I think I have genital warts, I am sexually active. I don't know whether to tell my mum or just or just make an appointment with my doctor, i don't want my mum to know I've had sex. what's should I do?





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i found out today by the gum clinic, that i had warts, i feel devastated. im 18 now im stuck with these for god knows how long or for life. i believe my immune system is low because every year i get very sick, i catch colds or other things very easily. could this affect them going if i had a bad immune system?





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I'm 19 and I recently had genital wart treatment I had them froze off over a period of 7 weeks. They were very large growths but I have just checked and they have returned! I'm getting extremely down about it and wondered what treatment would be recommended? I use to have a lot of warts when I was little this is getting me really down please help





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i have just cut my big genital wart off with a sealed sterilised surgical blade down to the root. it hurt n bled alot will it come back in the same place again or not





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i have never had a normal smear result and have had many done even after the lletz procedure my smear came bk abnormal again. had another 2 colposcopys done and biopsy taken first one said normal changes but the gyne disagreed with the result she said it didnt match what she had seen second one came bk with cin2 and positive hpv 16 that was 7 months ago due to get lletz done in 2wks what is the chance that it has got worse in 7 months and if the cin comes bk after lletz again what would you say the best form of treatment would be thanx i also feel hpv is not put out there more so people know what it is





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Will genital warts always come back?? I had some frozen off before buy they aren't bad so I suggested to use cream, I used it.. It went away and just lately I have just seen another small one. Do they go away permanently??





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if skin to skin contact causes spreading the virus, can you do hand stuff? or sleep together, hugging but not having sex? also I found that if you have genital warts you should not give oral sex as well as receive, not many sites tell you that





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What would happen if I cut my genital wart off at home?





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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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