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Genital Warts | HPV Human Papilloma General Virus Information
Genital warts are an infection spread through sexual contact with an infected person. This infection is caused by human papilloma virus or HPV. There are various categories of this virus, some can be treated easily whereas others are stubborn and resistant to medication and could also be symptoms during the initial stages of cancer of the genitals. This infection can spread to others in the family if towels are shared and even children could get infected.
These warts can be with heads like cauliflowers and flat, and are usually with stalks. They are seen mostly round the rectum and can be on the scrotum and around the penis of the man too. Though seen more often in young persons who are under twenty, this virus can affect older people too. In women the warts are in the vagina, on the folds of the vulva and near the rectum too.
This infection is not visible immediately after the person gets infected but can take a few weeks to months to show up. The warts which are shaped like cauliflowers are not painful but are itchy and can be single ones or in a bunch too. Some of these warts are so flat that they can hardly be seen, but because of the itching sensation can be felt.
People who have indiscriminate sex with more than one partner are among the high risk group and those who do not use a condom or have safe sex are more vulnerable to this infection.
It is advisable for anyone who has more than one sexual partner to use a condom and practice safe sex. If signs of any sexually transmitted disease like genital warts appear it is best to see a doctor immediately and also have your partner or partners treated. A sudden spurt of genital warts is a sign of low immunity and this could be caused by HIV.
To diagnose the cause of warts the doctor will have to have a clinical diagnosis done. For the invisible warts the doctor puts a swab of acetic acid on the spot and the skin will turn white where the wart is underneath.
Treatment is usually an application of podophyllotoxin on the wart, but if the infection persists the warts could be treated with laser treatment or removed surgically with local anesthetic. It is imperative that both partners are treated to prevent recurring infections.