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You should avoid sex until the warts have cleared up. This is to protect the treated area of skin from friction and to help it heal.

Using condoms may help prevent the spread of the virus if they are used while the warts are present and for the first three months after the warts have gone.

  • Use condoms (male or female) every time you have vaginal or anal sex. They can help protect you against other sexually transmitted infections and may provide some protection against getting, or passing on, genital warts, particularly if they're used while the warts are present and for the first three months after the warts have gone.


If you have oral sex, cover the penis with a condom, or the anal area or female genitals with a dam (latex or polyurethane (plastic) square).

  • Avoid sharing sex toys. If you do share them, wash them or cover them with a new condom before anyone else uses them.


These measures can also help protect you from some other sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhoea. If you have genital warts without knowing it, they may also help prevent you from passing them on to a partner.

Where do I go for further help and advice?
Call the Sexual Healthline on 0800 567 123 for confidential advice and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Alternatively, you can call sexual health direct, run by fpa (formerly Family Planning Association). Sexual health direct is open Monday to Friday from 9am -6pm, telephone 0845 122 8690.

Leaflets on all sexually transmitted infections can also be downloaded from fpa’s website at www.fpa.org.uk (links to external site).

If you feel concerned about seeing your GP, ask to speak to the practice nurse or visit a GUM clinic. Details of your local GUM clinics are available on fpa or Condom Essential Wear website (see 'external links').

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