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Genital Warts Can Be Treated By Medical Professionals

Aug 17, 2007
No matter what kind of condition it is, coming down with a sexually transmitted infection is perhaps one of the most embarrassing and disconcerting experiences a human can face. In the case of genital warts, however, the condition is very treatable and the spread of the infection can be controlled if people with the infection seek medical advice and take steps to avoid passing the condition on to others.

Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, which is also called HPV. This is perhaps the most common cause of sexually transmitted infection going and is responsible for a number of different conditions. In fact, there are more than 100 different types and most of them are harmless. Some forms of HPV can cause genital warts, which are bumps that generally manifest in the genital areas of men and women.

Genital warts themselves are the most easy to recognize sign of the HPV infection, however, most people have the infection without getting the warts. If they appear, they are typically soft and fleshy in coloring. They will show up within a few weeks after an infection and can be raised or flat, big or small and they can even appear in clusters. In women, they are found on the vulva and cervix and inside and around the vagina and anus. For men, the symptoms typically show up on the scrotum or penis. Sometimes they will appear on the thighs or groin of a person as well.

Although they are treatable, genital warts are quite contagious. They can be spread during any type of sex with an infected partner. Skin-to-skin contact is where the problem is and for those who have had this contact with an infected partner, the warts will typically appear within a few months of contact.

Aside from the warts, however, there really aren't other symptoms of the infection.

For those who have visible warts or suspect they may be infected, seeing a doctor is the most important first step in treatment. For women, doctors will often do a Pap smear test or take a tiny sample of tissue for testing. For men, tissue testing is often the route that's taken to make a diagnosis.

Once a diagnosis has been made, a doctor can treat the warts, but unfortunately there is no known cure for HPV. There are medications or removal methods available to get rid of the outbreak, but it's also known the warts themselves will sometimes go away without any treatment.

Since the infection itself doesn't go away, it is possible warts will return even after surgical removal, however.

The only way to avoid getting HPV is to avoid contact with the virus. Latex condoms are known to reduce the chance for getting HPV but they have not proven to be effective all of the time.

Typically if someone is diagnosed with genital warts, a wait and see type approach can be taken. If the warts fail to go away, treatments can be used to get rid of the outbreak.
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