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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 think I have genital warts and they are on my bum and vagina. Ive had them for a few days and I can barely ealk or move around, and going to the toilet is agony! Im only 15, and im finding it hard just to not cry in school its so painful!:( what can I d





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Go see your doctor or local clinic. There is no need to suffer like that. You are not alone. Talk to someone.

Hi, I'm 14 and have white clustered spots on my foreskin when you pull it back onto the shaft. They do not cause any pain or itchy but they are a bit weird and I don't like them there. Please help, I have had them For a few weaks now.





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i have hard wart/boil types on my sack and they get really itchy. im 15 so i dont know much.....





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I keep getting lumps/sists with puss in yet not had sex in 4 years also get them everywhere I sweat. Was treated for herpes 2 years ago .these lumps are always infected as where they are under skin flaps and never go away I've had them since 1 was 12 I am now 33! All doc says I go sit and hold flaps ups let air get to it but I can't as can't reach them all I also get cist in crack of my bum. I cists on scarline get on my stomach as had eptopic pregancy 10 years ago. I have skin fold so this never heeled up





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I think I have genital warts one of them started as a skin tag but now its like a skin tag that has gone spiky and its turned white my doctor still insists its a skin tag but I disagree what can I do.





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I have genital warts and im pregnant will they go





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Hello! I found out that I had the HPV virus when I was pregnant with my first child. That was just over 24 years ago. At that time, I don't know if the doctor knew or advised me which strain I had. I had no warts ever rear they ugly heads until my son was about 6 months old. BUT, although I did not have any warts during pregnancy, there were still many dangers posed to my son in having a vaginal birth just because I had the virus. If you have warts, then you most assuredly have the virus. I don't know if you can take any medications to clear up the warts during your pregnancy, but your doctor should be aware just in case your virus can pose a threat to your child during a vaginal birth. Mine was so long ago, but I do recall watching a short video on the dangers of the virus to the baby during a vaginal birth - all sorts of nasty things can happen to the baby, up to and including blindness! So don't mess around, get help from your doctor.

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 !!





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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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