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Genital Warts | HPV

Genital warts are infections that are medically known as condyloma acuminate. These warts are grayish or flesh-colored growths that are found around the genitalia and anal areas in both men and women. They are an extremely common sexually transmitted disease that is caused from a virus called the human papillomavirus. This virus, known commonly as HPV, may cause warts that are not very obvious to many, as they generally do not cause any pain. For more information on genital warts and what they are, go to Wikipedia.

The causes of genital warts by HPV are many. There have been more than 100 types of identified HPVs, and around 40 of these may cause issues in the groin area of men and women alike. To read about the causes of genital warts, go to Medicine Net and Avert. The typical age of infection from genital warts is between 17 to 33 years. They are a contagious infection, and those who come into direct contact through sexual activity have at least a 60% chance of obtaining the infection. For more information, go to Naturalsil.

The symptoms of genital warts can differ between patients. They are painless, yet they can be irritating due to the location and size of them. They can also itch, causing much discomfort. Both men and women may suffer from discharge due to the warts, and the warts are easily spread around the area. In rare cases, bleeding and/or a urinary obstruction can occur if the warts are directly located on the urethral opening. To learn more about the various symptoms of genital warts, go to Niaid and Mayo Clinic.

Genital warts must be treated by a doctor. One way is to remove them is through a process called Cryotherapy, where the wart is frozen by liquid nitrogen. A laser is then used to take the wart off. For more information on the treatment and options available to rid the body of genital warts, go to Emedicine, Family Doctor, and Epigee. Over the counter creams and ointments should not be used on genital warts, as they are generally not effective and can cause additional problems and discomfort. However, medicines are available from the doctor to help treat genital warts. Podofilox is useful for prevention and can be applied from home. Podophyllum Resin can also be prescribed by a doctor and used for removal, as can Imiquimod. Aldara is another treatment that doctors can use to treat genital warts.  Again, all genital wart cases must be treated by a doctor as soon as possible to receive the best medicine for each individual.

The FDA approved a vaccine in June of 2006 to prevent and protect against the HPV virus. HPV can lead not only to genital warts but also to cervical cancer in girls. For more information on this vaccine, go to Kid's Health and the CDC. To learn about preventing genital warts and HPV in men, read up at USA Today.

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