Venereal warts are very contagious, most often spread by sexual intercourse. It is believed that two out of three individuals that have sexual contact with a partner with condyloma will get lesions within 3 months. If your sexual partner(s) is known to have venereal warts, protective measures need to be taken by the use of condoms until both you and your partner are free of warts.
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Genital Warts are among the most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases, but people lack the right information to help prevent or treat this condition. Clear, correct, updated information regarding human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts is difficult to find. The result is that a lot of myths and misconceptions regarding genital warts abound. In some cases, these mistaken beliefs may even do harm. Inaccurate information may have several physical and emotional ramifications on the sufferer. For instance, he/she may suffer from severe anxiety over his/her condition, doubt the faithfulness of his/her partner, undergo an expensive and painful treatment that could otherwise have been avoided, or worst of all, neglect having his/her condition treated and risk his/her health.
Warts are tumors or growths of the skin caused by infection with Human Papillomavirus (HPV). More than 70 HPV subtypes are known. Warts are particularly common in childhood and are spread by direct contact or autoinocculation. This means if a wart is scratched, the viral particles may be spread to another area of skin. It may take as long as twelve months for the wart to first appear.
Getting treatment for genital warts or HPV is important. Doctors can burn, freeze, cut or scrape away unsightly bumps. The virus associated with HPV stays in the body like other viruses do. Just like cold sores a new eruption can happen without a repeat exposure. Someone who doesn’t have visible warts can still give someone else the virus during unprotected sexual contact. While antibiotics can treat some sexual transmitted infections getting treated for genital warts does not constitute a cure. Some cases of warts don’t progress at all. Others grow to be big, painful and even disfiguring.
Most patients are happy to have the growths treated and there partners or new prospective partners wont see the warts. A responsible adult should use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections, HIV and warts.
Doctor Lauber has been treating genital warts for over 25 years.