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
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
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
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.