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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 have a wart for years that i have had frozen off several times with a dr. It has never gone away completely and got worse when i was pregnant. Recently i applied ACV and it turned white and i have now puled it off. Its near my clit and i am now in pain. Struggling to wear knickers as contact to that area is so sore now. The white wart has gone now more or less but the pink mound it grew from remains and is sore? What can i do to help the pain?





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Do you need cream or will they go away or their own. The visible GW I mean...





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hello Doctor,my question is, after warts are being treated by freezing does the virus remain in our body for the rest of our life or it will completely go away in years? thank you very very much





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Could just be a skin tag on my anus since there is only one? as l do have skin tag under my arms and one the back on knee





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If l have the being, of warts as l only have one l think. And get it burnt off. Dose mean l will have this for the rest of my life? I am really scared





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Hi , i have had GW now for 10 years.I had gone to seek medical advice from a gum clinic as they confirmed what id expected. They give me cream to apply , its just iv'e forgotten the accurate directions , i think it was 3 days of treatment and 3 days off ? i would be very grateful if you could explain . many thanks





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3 days of the cream applied both morning and night then 3 days break :)

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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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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