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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 there ever since I remember I have tiny little white dots what look like mini pimples around my vulva and just the skin of my vagina... its similar to the skin on the nipples... I was wondering whether this was normal... they don't hurt or its they just look funny and I'm a little self-conscious! thanks





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I have been checked for STDs and it all came back negative but I have noticed I have spots/warts in and around my bottom their not painful but if played with too much will bleed.? Any idea as to what it could be?





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I had virginal thrush when i was younger and it was very sore. after that episode, the skin around my clitoris shrinked. i just want to know if there are any long term problems with that. thanks





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I keep getting these sores on my penis and around it some have white head n I squeeze it while I'm in the shower and within a couple days or more they go away I've only had this for a couple month n really worried it might be warts but I don't know if you can help at all would be nice





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Hi I'm only 13 and am still a Virgin a few months ago I noticed some wart like Pimples on my vagina and was wondering if it could be gential warts? And if I should get it checked out by a doctor, although it is embarrassing and if there would be any way around going to a doctor.





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I have like a oval shaped what looks like wart near my vagina.it hurts when . Touch it to.I'm 31 and very sexually active.my partner is very harsh when I told him and he said he hasn't got any??I have only had intercourse with him and I don't know who yo turn to.is this genetal warts??pls help I'm not well with mental healt. Issues to.I thought I may of had herpes 2virus too as my partner was apparently sleeping with an older women who has this fact.my doc gave me some cream for my vagina to cool things down now I have this lump which looks like s wart....what shall I do?and if it is warts he will be gone and I'll be on my own ad I don't have ffamily or friends???:(





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Girl you'd be wise to start thinking for and about yourself. If he's all you're clinging to there's no real security in that. Sex is overrated when it comes to your health. Your life is way more important than worrying about some man, whose not your husband, and who may walk off anyway. Pull yourself together. You're still a very young woman full of life and vitality. Take care of you and whose really for you will come to you when the time is right in the future. For now, go to the doctor!

First of all please leave him, he doesn't deserve you and I know it doesn't seem like you'll find anyone right now, you definitely will. Focus on yourself and put yourself first please, the same thing happened to me and I stayed with him like an idiot and then one day I realised enough was enough, after the first 3 days he was calling me and begging me back, they don't all happen like that but please don't let him continue to hurt you and take advantage of your love. Make sure you definitely get checked and get what you need from the doctor and don't have sex with him.

I had intercourse about 8 months ago and ever since I've noticed warts around my vaginal area and on the inside, I'm really worried and don't want to go to a clinic or doctors. What do I do?





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Listen, the only way you’ll be able to stop being afraid and take charge of whatever is going on with your body is to find out what it is. It nay be something very simple that can be alleviated quite easily and quickly. Stop worrying, it only makes things worse as you begin to have thoughts and ideas that really have no relevance except to cause worry...see a doctor!

I have white lumps that can be squeezed around my back passage what is this are they worts or just blocked pores .. The off white puss is hard and stinks. Can you help me please thanks.





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i have noticed that i have white pimple like bumps that are only raised slightly near the opening of my vagina, could these be warts ?





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Hello, I was just informed from a guy I had messed around with that he has gential warts....and he told me after we messed around a couple times and now he has moved to a different state. I am frustrated that he did not tell me about this BEFORE he messed around. We did not have sex but I did give him a hand job. I know that I did not touch my genitals after doing this but I am concerned that I could still somehow be at risk. When he told me he said that he currently has four. He also fingered me too so that's a huge concern of mine...not too worried about the hand job compared to that one. Please help me.





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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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