Genital Warts

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Warts or Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) are the most common viral STI diagnosed in the UK, with highest rates of new cases in 20-24 year old men and 16-19 year old women. Warts can be found on or around the penis, anus or vagina.

Symptoms

You may not always notice that you have genital wart virus as it is possible to carry the virus and for it to not be visible on the skin. Warts may appear weeks to months after having first having had contact with the virus. These may appear as bumps or skin changes or fleshy growths which vary in size in the anal or genital area. They are often painless and can sometimes go away without treatment if very small. Often however they do grow and that is why people prefer to have them treated.

Treatment

The treatment aims to remove any visible warts. This may be done by freezing the wart affected skin once a week or applying a cream on to the skin regularly until they have gone.