Genital Wart

Genital wart is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), same virus that also causes the common wart although it is a different strain.

Symptoms of Genital Wart

The symptoms of genital warts include:

  • Small, flesh-colored or pink bumps
  • Soft and smooth sores (compared to other types of warts)
  • Located on the genitals and/or anus
  • Painless

Genital warts can increase the risk of getting cervical cancer, rare anorectal cancer, and cancer of the penis.

Genital Wart Prevention

Use condoms during sexual intercourse to prevent transmitting or getting genital wart. However, since they do not cover all areas of the genitals, this is does not completely prevent the possibility of infection.

Treatments of Genital Wart

Treatments for genital warts include:

  • Topical prescriptions, such as podofilox and imiquimod
  • Cryosurgery or freezing with liquid nitrogen
  • Laser

Women who are diagnosed with genital warts should get regular pap smear and get annual gynecological exams as this condition increases the risk for cervical cancer.

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