Genital Warts - kypf: Sexual Health Advice

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Genital Warts

What is it?

Genital warts can easily be passed on from person to person through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral (kissing, sucking or licking) sex. However, they can also be spread through close genital contact which is skin-to-skin contact. Both males and females can have the virus and pass it on.

The highest rate of genital warts occurs in males aged 25 – 34 years, and for females the age range is 20 – 24 years.

What are the Symptoms/Causes?

Genital warts are caused by an infection of the skin around the genital or anus area with the human papilloma virus (HPV).

They are small fleshy bumps or skin changes that develop around the genital or anal area. However, they can take a year or longer to develop after a person becomes infected with the wart virus.

The warts may not always be visible, especially if they develop inside the vagina or anus, which means they cannot be tested for.

How do I get tested/treated?

Genital warts that are present can easily be treated with special creams or paint, but can also be frozen or removed under local anaesthetic.

Contact your doctor, practice nurse or local GUM clinic if you would like further advice on Genital warts or would like to get tested. Click here to find a service local to you.

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