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Genital Warts

What is it?

Genital warts are caused by certain strains of a virus called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This infects the skin around the genital area and is one of the most common Sexually transmitted Infections.

How did I get it?

Unprotected sex and close body contact.

What are the symptoms?

You may notice a small hard, rough, fleshy lump(s) or bump(s)in the genital/anal area.

They are usually painless. It can take several months after infection for the warts to appear.

What will it do to me?

Nothing serious, however you should you seek advice.

Where can I go?

GUM/Sexual Health Clinic, or a Doctor.

Can it be treated?

Visible warts can be treated, usually by a chemical paint or freezing them with liquid nitrogen. There is no treatment to get rid of the virus but eventually your body’s natural defences (immunity) will deal with it.

Until then you may get more warts.

If you have this infection your partner will also need to have a check up.

Always wearing a condom during sex will reduce the risk of becoming infected.

What will it do to me?

Nothing serious, however you should you seek advice.

Where can I go?

GUM/Sexual Health Clinic, or a Doctor.

Can it be treated?

Visible warts can be treated, usually by a chemical paint or freezing them with liquid nitrogen. There is no treatment to get rid of the virus but eventually your body’s natural defences (immunity) will deal with it.

Until then you may get more warts.

If you have this infection your partner will also need to have a check up.

Always wearing a condom during sex will reduce the risk of becoming infected.

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