Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Genital Warts

Genital warts are one of the most common types of sexually transmitted diseases. Genital warts affect both women and men and can occur at any age. Most affected people are around the ages of 17-33. They are transmitted through sexual contact and are highly contagious.

 There is about a 60% chance of getting an infection from just one single sexual contact with a person who is infected with genital warts. Though not every person who comes in contact with the virus will be infected, it is best, as always, to use protection at all times.

General warts, sometimes referred to as venereal warts, are caused by certain types of HPV, which is one of the most common STDs. Genital warts can be either raised or flat, small or large, and sometimes cluster together in a cauliflower shape. Usually these warts are flesh like in color and for the most part painless.

Though genital warts can be treated with medications and surgery, in females, the virus can lead to other problems like changes in the cervix that can lead to cancer. It is very important that these warts are diagnosed and treated immediately. There is a vaccine for females who are not already infected with HPV called Gardasil, in which you are given three injections over a 6 month period. If you have questions about this vaccine, you should consult your doctor.

Symptoms of genital warts can occur several weeks or maybe even months after being exposed to HPV. You may experience itching or burning in the sex organ area. These growth usually develop on damp or moist surfaces of the body, beginning as tiny, soft red or pink spots. These spots will eventually turn into yellow, white, or gray bumpty warts. These warts can grow quickly and should be treated quickly as well to prevent less damage.