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HPV/genital warts is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) which can now be easily detected with a test. HPV is a transmitted virus from human to human during sexual activities, in other words individuals having unprotected sex. It's the strains of the virus called papillomavirus that are passed on sexually. It can affect:- 

  • The genital areas of amles and females
  • The skin on the penis
  • The skin on the vulva, outside area of the vagina
  • Anus
  • The lining of the vagina, cervix and rectum

Many people who have HPV/genital warts will at first show no obvious signs and symptoms. You will need to have a test.

Many people who have HPV/genital warts will at first show no obvious signs and symptoms. You will need to have a test. It generally takes around one month after being infected with the virus for tell-tale signs and symptoms to appear. It may seem like a good idea at the time but having unprotected sex can sometimes lead to serious health issues. Some forms of this type of virus are known as high risk. High-risk abnormal pap tests contained within the HPV/genital warts virus may also lead to cancer of the vagina, cervix, vulva, penis or anus however the genital warts virus is the least common of the HPV viruses to cause cancer.

HPV/genital warts virus can affect both men and women's genital regions

Other streams of the virus are known as lower risk types and can cause mild pap test abnormalities or genital warts. Genital warts are found in very tiny, single or larger and multiple bumps. They appear in the genital area, look like a normal small skin wart and can also be a cauliflower shape. Genital warts are usually soft and pink or flesh colored. If you think you have this type of STD infection check out to see whether you have any raised, flat, small or large wart-like growths in or around your genitals. They can appear around or in the vagina, around or inside the anus, on the penis, on the cervix, scrotum or groin area. In some cases having sexual contact with someone who is infected usually results in genital warts appearing in a couple of weeks if you actually show this physical symptom of this particular HPV strain.

The easiest way to reduce the risk of HPV/genital warts infection is to wear a latex condom. If you're sexually active you're more likely to catch the virus when having unprotected sex with multiple partners. At the end of the day, the HPV/genital warts virus can affect both men and women's genital regions. Do bear this in mind when having sexual intercourse with a different partner or partners. There may be no signs of the virus with the person you are going to have sex with. If in doubt, use protection.

The HPV test at Home:-

If visible warts are present, a diagnosis can usually be made without more testing however the benefits and advantages are a plenty with a HPV test if you're worried or concerned about being infected with the HPV/genital warts virus.

Genital Warts

Genital Warts can spread easily as many people do not realize they have a HPV virus as they show no symptoms. There are over 100 strains of HPV viruses and it is indicated that the strain that causes cervical and penile cancer is different to the strain that causes visual warts. However, it is possible to have more than one strain of the virus. Almost half of people having sex have the HPV virus and most people get rid of the virus in a few years and then are no longer contagious. To find out more about the diagnosis and treatment Genital Warts, here are some informative links and resources.

Genital Warts facts: www.aad.org

American Sexual Health Association: www.ashasexualhealth.org

Finding help and support: www.webmd.com