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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 am 16 and i have genital warts but im also 17 weeks pregnant what do i do?





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I'm 13 and I have genital warts I don't wanna tell my mom because that's weird . I don't know what to do.





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If you feel uncomfortable talking to your mum, I would definitely suggest going to a local GUM clinic or your gp. They can examine and treat you and as far as I know, doctor-patient confidentiality means that your mum won't be informed.

I have just had my vaginal genital warts frozen today, and I'm wondering how long it will take till they are gone and whether I will still be carrying the virus? If I will be how will I get rid of it?





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HPV is a virus. It is understood that the virus itself never actually goes away although the warts may be gone for good. There is a chance that the warts will reappear over time . It is best to check yourself occasionally. I have had my warts removed with acid several times and they always come back. But my PAPS come back with no evidence of HPV. It is a weird thing.

I think I may have genital warts. Does this increase my risk of getting cervical cancer?





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If you think you have genital warts it is important to see a health care professional. HPV causes genital warts. HPV is also connected to cervical cancer although the strands that cause each are different. I have warts and have had precancerous cells on the inside and outside of my cervix. I had to have a little surgery to have them removed. Fortunately by the will of GOD I have not had the precancerous cells return. The warts on the other hand always come back even after having them removed by acid.

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 :)





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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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