Richmond Practice - Genital warts

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Genital warts
Genital Warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Other strains of HPV can cause cervical cancer in women (see below). Regular STD check-ups can identify visible warts, only a specialist's test can detect the virus itself. Symptoms can arise anytime from two weeks to several months after contact.

Symptoms

Men:
Pink/white small lumps surrounding the genital or rectal area in men may indicate the presence of Genital Warts. Such lumps may be itchy but painless.

Women:
A woman with Genital Warts may experience small pink/white lumps in her genital or rectal area; they may be itchy but painless. Warts may also develop inside the vagina or on the cervix. Light bleeding is also a symptom.

Transmission
Direct contact with an infected partner’s skin, and vaginal and anal sex may transmit the disease.

Diagnosis/testing
A simple visual examination or skin swab test may be performed by your doctor, STD clinic, or walk-in medical centre to detect whether the disease is present.

Treatment
Genital Warts can be removed, frozen, or treated with topical medication. Your doctor or STD clinic associate can determine the most appropriate treatment for your individual needs. Molluscum Contagiosum is caused by a different virus but may also be treated by freezing.
 

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