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Genital warts are the most common STI seen at genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics throughout the UK. Caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), of which there are over 100 different types, most genital warts are caused by just two types of the virus (types 6 and 11). The virus is easily passed from one person to another (men and women) through sexual contact. But you don’t need to have penetrative sex to catch them, as close genital contact (skin to skin) is enough to pass it on. Most people will not develop warts and the virus will go away without treatment, but you may not know whether you or your partner has the virus. If you do get visible warts you might notice small, fleshy growths, bumps or skin changes which may appear anywhere in the genital or anal area, either externally on the skin or internally. Treatment can involve prescription creams (but not over-the-counter wart preparations); freezing them; using a laser; or surgery.

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I'm 19years old I noticed I had a wart in my gential area about a year ago I left it and never thought nothing of it, about a month ago I developed a wart in the inside of my nose which is very big and quite noticeable it makes me feel terrible, I now have developed more genital warts can someone help please??? I also experience discharge during sex too much of it where me of my partner can't have sex how can I get rid of that? Help please thank you x





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I'm type one diabetic and am recently discovering that I have them too. Mild. But I'm so scared to go to a doctor, I don't want to show them. :( will i have to. I don't want to be stuck like this..





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I found a good few of warts on my anus over a year ago they are still here and I just never went the doctor, I need them to be gone and feel I have to go the doctor ASAP they are so annoying! Is this something to be worried about or if I get them seen too will they just remove them?





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Hi. I have recently found out I have genitals warts due to having a low immune system and they came out after I had the flu for 10 days. I have visited my GP and GUM clinic and they have never frozen them, they have just told me to use the cream but one person is telling me I can't apply the cream inside my vagina, but another person is telling me I can and its confusing me and I don't know which advice to take. Does anyone know if you can apply the cream inside? Anything will be helpful information. Thank you.





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I go to my local gynecologist and receive what is called a TCA treatment they apply a small amount of acid to the affected area it does burn like hell but my warts decreased in size and now I'm having a baby which they are still able to treat even the vaginal opening wart I have it's almost on the inside. If your doctor does not see what you see show them while looking in a mirror or get a second opinion .

Can my GP at my doctors surgery deal with my genital warts as there are no walk in clinics around me and my gum clinic hasn't got any appointments.





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I found out i had a wart 4 years ago and it has ruined my life since i had two and since then i have constant discharge, pain during and after sex. I can feel small bumps inside the Vagina when i have been to my local GUM clinic they say there are no warts but i really dont feel they can see inside!? My tests never come back positive for thrush or bv. Im really stuck on what to do its ruining my life :( does anyone have any suggestions?





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I have genital warts in my bottom and they r so painful how can I treat then





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I was diagnosed with this at my GUM clinic. I have been using a solution liquid to get rid of them for four months as they keep coming back. Once I use the liquid it will "poison" or "burn" off the warts. And it will at least go through 1 layer of skin, leaving sore red marks on my penis. It grows back ever 4/5 weeks after they have gone right in the same spot. Should I go back there and seek a different treatment? I'm wondering whether I can just get them surgically removed?





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I have exactly the same issue using the solution, have you tried continuing the treatment every week instead of leaving it a few weeks?

To reply to your answer: Well the nurse said use it 3 times a day for 3 days a week.. I did that and it would completely burn through my skin and it would be so painful. But it did make them go away... And yet they'd come back. However, they haven't come back since I posted this question actually. I also noticed they came back when I had unprotected sex (the warts were all cleared and my penis was fully healed from the burns the solution made). So since using protection ever since I found this out (Jan 2016), I've used a condom every since and it hasn't come back.

I have froze my own genital warts at home with "school freeze verruca and wart remover" only did it yesterday but they are black now just want to know if I could put a second application on and how long could it take for them to fall off. Also any recommendations of after care





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Hi I've had genital warts for almost 2 years now. I have had the freeze treatment and cream. But they haven't gone. It's extremely embarrassing for me. The gum clinic make me feel dirty and like I sleep around. Which isn't the case. What else can I do? Please help.





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I have had mine for 6 years now and they come and go. But my most recent advice was to keep really healthy to build up your immune system and you stand more of a chance of your body fighting it off. I'm going to do this because I am sick of having them!!


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Genital warts are an infection of the skin of the genital and anal area, and the mucous membranes (lining) of the vagina, cervix and rectum. They are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Read More »

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