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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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How are genital warts treated in early pregnancy? Please help I'm worrying so much





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Please don't worry. They are easily treated. Mine were frozen which is uncomfortable but doesn't last long. You may need a few treatments. And they may return if you fall pregnant again. Mine returned for both pregnancies and if I'm ill and my immunity is run down.

I'm 18 and I'm sexually active with my boyfriend. We have only had sex with other other so STI's are out of the question right? I noticed a raised spot on my valva. It can be itchy and it's painful to touch. It doesn't look like a wart, just a normally spot. I'm unsure of anything comes out of it as it always looks clean but with a red spot so it could bleed a little. I've had it about over a week now and just worried of what it could be?





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Hi I had warts on my vagina just on the outside and around my anus since the age of around 11 and they have been gone I think nearly a year now as I had them frozen but I've never understood how I've had them, I was not sexually active at that age so it's not an sti so what is the term for them? I am now 18 and even though I can't see any could I still have them but they are not visible? my doctor said no but I'm really worried because im in a relationship and I have had sex with him we do use protection but if we didn't would I pass it on to him? am I a selfish person for not saying anything? Because I feel like that at the moment even though we are using protection I still feel horrible knowing I've had warts but I don't think I have them anymore because I can't see anything but on the other hand like I said could I still have them but not see them? I would really appreciate it if someone could help thank you





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How common are genital warts during pregnancy? This is how I found out that I had them! So embarrassed for when I go into labour or have to have a sweep!





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Hey, I'm also pregnant and think I also have genital warts. Only recently found 2 small purplish coloured lumps on the lips of my vagina. Not sore or itchy just noticed them when shaving. Had a look with the mirror and can't see any others, I'm so so worried though. How where yours diagnosed? I'm going to go the doctors this week and have them check them out. So nervous.

I got mine diagnosed at the GU clinic. I didn't think I had them because I found out that my ex was cheating and had genital warts but I had none visible so thought I was clear. The gynaecologist said the virus is in the body and in a lot of people the warts appear when your immune system is low. Hence why they pop up in pregnancy because your body is using everything to grow that miracle inside you! Don't worry too much mine have disappeared since giving birth. You can never get rid of the genital wart virus as it's HPV but you can reduce bus able warts by getting them frozen or with creams by the gynaecologist.

I have what looks like genital warts however my smear test came back saying I don't have the hpv virus. The nurse said they were warts? If it's not hpv (they look nothing like herpes) what is it?





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You could just have skin tags. Women get them allot and they get big when you have you period

Hi, the reason why you have warts but it's not showing up that you have hpv on your test results from a pap is because there are many different kinds of hpv and some don't show up in tests, like the ones that cause warts. The hpv type that causes warts can not be detected in a pap. You will only know that you have the hpv warts causing type if you get a wart. The one that shows up on a pap is the hpv kind that may cause cervical cancer. I hope this answers your question.

I have not been sexually active in over two years, and have now got genital warts, I do not want to go to the clinic, will they go on their own? If so how long? And can I buy any treatments in the shop? I'm very worried.





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First of all you are not dirty, most people who have had sex are likely to have come in contact with the HPV virus it is very common. Maybe you can speak with your doctor about surgery, that might be a quicker less painful way of getting rid of them. You'll be fine sooner than you know Good luck x





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just wonder once treated for gential warts and its not come for a year and a half..is it likely to have got rid off it from one's body??





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I'm 15 and I am not sexually active,but i have been noticing small bumps that are a little on the inside and outside of my labia minora and like one on the top edge of it. I wouldn't quite call them warts but they are bumps.and i noticed that there can be a lot of vaginal discharge , but I don't know if that has anything to do with it, sometimes the discharge is clear or cloudy or on rare occasions it has the tiniest tint of yellow.I have been doing research to see if I could find a disease or something that had my symptoms but I have not found anything at all. So if any one could possibly help with an answer, please do.





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i am a boy (almost 15) and i have the same problem on the inside skin (not the actual penis) and there are little bumps and i do not know what to do. I Just found them today.

After removal of genital warts is there a chance that the hpv virus will still go away even if you are over the age of 30?





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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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