Genital Warts: Questions and Answers
Genital Warts: Frequently Asked Questions
Genital warts are very frequent. Almost 1% of women age 16 to 26 were diagnosed each year of a 4 year study. It is one of the most common reasons to visit a dermatologist, gynecologist or family physician. 10% of adults will have had genital warts in their lifetime...
How do I Know if I have Genital Warts?
Genital warts like all other warts are caused by the effect of the HPV (human palliloma virus )on the surface skin. These viruses live on the outer layer of the skin called the epidermis. The virus may lay within the epidermis and not produce much in the way of changes that show on the skin surface when observed by the naked eye. When changes are visible the following features suggest ..
What Causes Genital Warts?
Warts are caused by viruses. They are sometimes referred to as ano-genital warts or medically as condyloma acuminata. There is a family of viruses called HPV which produce all kinds of warts in different parts of our skin.
The different subtypes of HPV are given numbers . There are over 100 subtypes of HPV..
What Are Genital HPV Types?
HPV 6,11 (30,42,43,44) - These make over 90% of genital warts, rarely associated with cancer, these are the vast majority of genital warts
What Risk Factors Are There in Acquiring Genital Warts?
The risk becomes higher with the increasing numbers of sexual partners over a lifetime
The risk is higher if your partners have been sexual promiscuity...
How Are Genital Warts Diagnosed?
Visual examination of the skin: Most of the time just looking for irregularities, lumps, bumps,roughness of the skin or skin colour changes is the way that warts are recognised. Most of the time the diagnosis will be clear to any doctor experienced with this condition...
What Else Could Look Like Genital Warts?
Molluscum contagiosum, benign penile pearly papules, hymenal remnants, bowenoid papulosis...
What is the HPV DNA Test?
HPV DNA testing is a available for women who have had abnormal Pap results...
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