Genital warts are one of the common STIs (sexually transmitted infections) that
can present as a small bump or group of bumps in the genital area. Genital
warts can be small or large lesions, raised or flat or shaped like cauliflower.
A virus called HPV, human papilloma virus, causes genital warts. Most of the
people infected with HPV have no symptoms whatsoever.
How do people contract genital warts?
HPV is transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact. You can get HPV
by having unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex with someone that carries the virus.
GENITAL WARTS CAN BE A SILENT INFECTION!!
You or your sex partner may never be aware of being infected with HPV or have no known history of genital warts but can still be a carrier of the virus. Therefore, your sex partner can transmit the infection to you without their knowledge.
What is the big deal about HPV if infection is asymptomatic and silent?
There are over 150 types of HPV viruses. Some types are the cause of common or genital warts, while other types of HPV cause genital or oral cancers. Therefore, it is extremely important to prevent, diagnose and treat HPV infections as soon as possible to eliminate the risk of infection and cancers caused by HPV.
HPV is the very common STI in the Pakistan. HPV is so common that nearly all men and women who are sexually-active will be infected at some point in their life according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control).
Only certain types of HPV out of over 150 types are associated with genital warts or cancers.
Most of the time the body gets rid of the infection by itself over two years
We can treat genital warts if there are visible genital bumps.
Vaccinations is availablle to increase immunity against HPV infection
People at high risk for HPV can be educated on how to reduce their risk of infection
How can a diagnosis of genital warts be confirmed if I find a genital lesion?
In general, it is diagnosed clinically, which means that Dr. Rehman knows how the lesion will appear on the body most of the time. If the lesions have typical features of genital warts then Dr. Rehman might decide to just treat the lesion as warts and wait to see if the treatment is successful. If the diagnosis is uncertain or there is no response to the conventional warts therapy then Dr. Rehman might perform a biopsy of the lesion to confirm the diagnosis.
Unlike many other STIs there is no blood test to diagnose genital warts.
What is my risk for other STIs if I’m infected with genital warts?
Dr. Rehman recommends that any patient with one STI be tested for the other common STIs as well.
We can offer complete STI/STD panel testing!!
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