|Genital/Anal Warts (HPV)|
What Is It?
Genital warts are caused by a virus called the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Genital warts can occur inside the vagina, on the vagina lips, on the shaft or head of the penis, around the scrotum (balls) or inside and around the anus. Very occasionally, they develop in the mouth or on the face.
Genital warts are painless; they resemble a fleshy cauliflower-like growth, and may form clusters.
HPV is transmitted by direct skin to skin contact where a wart is present.
Please Note - due to the fact that warts grow on the skin, condoms and other barriers may not offer complete protection from HPV infection. However, it is safer to use condoms and/or glyde dams for licking or sucking the penis, vagina, or anus.
The virus can be present in your system for up to 8 months without warts or cauliflower-like growths developing. Once warts appear it is advisable to get them treated. The virus that causes HPV can clear from your blood and this can take a few months. In some cases it does not clear. Sometimes people experience another outbreak of warts at a later point. Genital Warts can be contracted more than once.
It is essential that you see a doctor, preferably in a STI clinic, for treatment as soon as you can. Genital warts do not go away if left untreated, they continue to grow and spread.