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What are Genital Warts?

Warts can appear on the hands and feet, but genital warts are warts that specifically are present in the genital area. In women they are appear in or on the vagina, vulva, cervix and anus, while in men they can be noticed on or near the scrotum, urethra, penis or anus.

A virus known as Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV causes genital warts. HPV is responsible for more than 100 different types of virus and is also linked to a large proportion of cases of cervical cancer in women. However, visible genital warts in women do not make women more likely to develop this cancer and there is no need for them to have more regular cervical screens.

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If you suffer from genital warts then you can request a prescription medication from The Online Clinic. You must first complete a free, no obligation consultation.

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What are the symptoms of genital warts?

It can take weeks or even months for someone to develop symptoms after coming into contact with the HPV virus, and even then many people will have no visible symptoms.

You might notice growths that are small and fleshy around your genital or anal area, either outside or inside. Also skin changes or new bumps are a sign. You, your partner or your doctor might notice these. Most of the time they are painless but sometimes can be itchy or get inflamed, causing bleeding.

How do you catch genital warts?

You can catch genital warts through having sex with someone infected with the virus or through skin-to-skin contact. It can be spread through anal or vaginal sex and through sharing sex toys and more rarely it can be spread through petting or oral sex. Very rarely a mother can pass it on to her child during childbirth.

Contrary to popular myth, HPV is not passed on through swimming pools, toilet seats, shared cups or cutlery, hugging or sharing baths or towels.

The genital warts virus can live in the body before warts have developed or after they have cleared up.

How can genital warts be prevented?

Treatment will depend on how many warts there are and where they are but it can include special creams or liquids to put on the warts, which can be used in a clinic or at home. You may be offered cryotherapy to freeze the genital warts off or surgery to remove them is another option. There is also a drug that can be injected directly into the wart, but this is not routinely offered.

The treatments are not painful but can be uncomfortable. It may need to be repeated several times and the warts may recur, as the virus cannot be totally cured.

There is anecdotal evidence that those who suffer regular outbreaks can benefit from being inoculated with a medication called Gardasil. This is something that would need to be discussed with your doctor face to face.

If you do not have time to see your doctor about your genital warts, we provide a free online consultation service where a number of treatment options are available to be delivered to you for home use. As these medications are available on prescription only, you must complete a free consultation with us before you can proceed with a purchase.

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Reviewed by: Dr Joyce Braaksma
GMC registration number: 4621289
Date: 21 March 2022
Next review: 22 March 2024
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