If you’re seeing genital warts sprouting down under, then something is wrong.
A while after sexual intercourse, your genital region suddenly has grey and brown bumps.
You might have genital warts and that’s a problem that more and more Singaporeans are facing. And SIRE can help.
Do I really have it?
Genital warts, also known as condylomata acuminata, are a type of sexually transmitted infection caused by certain types of human papilloma virus (HPV).
For men, they are mostly found around the penis but can sometimes appear as anal warts.
GW are usually not painful, but they can cause discomfort or itching, and they may bleed or become irritated during sexual activity. In some cases, they may also be associated with an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer, such as cervical cancer in women.
Treatment may include topical medications, cryotherapy (freezing), or surgical removal of the warts.
What are some symptoms of genital warts?
The symptoms of GW can vary from person to person. In some cases, people may not experience any symptoms at all, while in others, the warts may be visible or cause discomfort or pain. Some common symptoms of GW include:
- Small, flesh-colored or grayish bumps or growths in the genital area or around the anus
- Clusters of warts that may resemble cauliflower
- Itching or discomfort in the genital area or anus
- Bleeding during sexual activity
- Increased moisture in the genital area
It’s important to note that not all GW are visible to the naked eye, and some may be too small to see. In addition, some people may not experience any symptoms at all, but can still transmit the virus to sexual partners.
How did I get genital warts?
Usually through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, or oral sex where transmission of specific HPV types happens.
But it can also be spread by skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. Even if there’s no visible warts!
HPV is a very common virus, and most sexually active people are at a higher risk of getting infected.
If you have been diagnosed with GW, it’s important to inform your sexual partners so that they can get a health screening.
But I used protection! Is it really genital warts? Can I prevent genital warts?
It’s possible that you contracted the virus from a sexual partner who was infected with HPV but did not have visible GW .
In rare cases, it’s possible to contract GW through non-sexual contact, such as sharing towels or clothing with an infected person. However, this is much less common than transmission through sexual contact.
The only prevention against genital warts is getting a HPV vaccine. Vaccination can protect against the strains of the virus that cause most cases of GW and certain types of cancer.
Otherwise, you should use protection during sexual activity to reduce your risk of getting or spreading HPV and other STIs. The more sexual partners you have, the greater your risk of getting HPV (and hence genital warts).
Finally, prevention is key. Regular screening for STIs, including HPV testing, can help detect and treat infections early. SIRE can help.
How does genital warts treatment work?
Treatment options for genital warts may include topical medications, such as imiquimod, podofilox, or sinecatechins, which can be applied directly to the warts.
Freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen, or surgical removal of the warts may also be used. This is called cryotherapy.
It’s important to note that even with treatment, genital warts can sometimes recur or persist, and the virus can still be present in the body even if there are no visible warts. It’s also possible to transmit the virus to sexual partners even if there are no visible warts or other symptoms.
In addition to treatment, prevention strategies such as practicing safe sex, getting vaccinated against HPV, and getting regular check-ups with a healthcare provider can help reduce the risk of contracting genital warts or other sexually transmitted infections.
Can men and women get GW?
Yes, both men and women can get genital warts. Genital warts are caused by certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be transmitted through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Both men and women can contract HPV and develop genital warts in the genital and anal areas.
In women, genital warts can appear on the vulva, cervix, or inside the vagina. In men, genital warts can appear on the penis or scrotum, or inside the urethra. Both men and women can also develop warts in or around the anus.
If you suspect you have genital warts, make sure to book an appointment with us.
Why are they called GW?
Warts are small, rough growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They can appear on any part of the body, including the genital area, where they are called genital warts. While generally harmless, some warts may require treatment.
Are GW painful?
In general, genital warts are not painful. They are usually painless, but they may cause itching, burning, or discomfort in the affected area. However, in some cases, genital warts may become inflamed, irritated, or infected, which can cause pain, bleeding, or discomfort during sexual activity.
Can genital wart become cancer?
Genital warts are caused by HPV strain 6 and 11 nine out of 10 times. They rarely develop into anything serious. However, exposure to STI could be increase risk of cancer strains like HPV 16/18. Hence, you should still get it checked out by a doctor if you have a genital wart.
How do I tell between a skin tag and a genital wart?
Skin tags are usually flesh-colored or slightly darker than the surrounding skin. They are typically soft and smooth, and may have a stalk or base that attaches them to the skin. Skin tags are also usually painless and do not cause any discomfort, unless they are irritated or rubbed against clothing.
Genital warts typically appear as small, fleshy bumps or growths in the genital or anal area. They may be pink or flesh-colored, and can be smooth or rough to the touch. Unlike skin tags, genital warts can cause itching, burning, or discomfort in the affected area. They may also grow in clusters and have a cauliflower-like appearance.
What colour is GW?
GWs can appear as flesh-colored, gray, or white bumps.
How big are genital warts?
The size of genital warts can vary from very small, about the size of a pinhead, to larger, several centimeters in diameter.
How do I tell between GW and herpes?
Genital herpes typically causes painful, fluid-filled blisters or sores in the genital or anal area. The blisters may burst and form ulcers, which can be painful and tender to the touch. Genital herpes can also cause flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, and swollen lymph nodes.
Getting help against GW and HPV
GWs is a sexually transmitted disease so it’s important to get help early to avoid spreading it to others.
Doctors can assist you by recommending medication, therapy and HPV vaccination to fend against future issues.
Should I be concerned if I have genital warts?
If you suspect you have genital warts, it is recommended to seek medical advice to receive an accurate diagnosis and discuss treatment options.
Will genital warts go away by itself?
In some cases, GWs may go away on their own, but it is recommended to seek medical advice to receive an accurate diagnosis and discuss treatment options.
How can sex therapist help someone with GW?
A sex therapist can help individuals with GWs by providing emotional support, addressing sexual concerns, and offering communication strategies.
They can provide a safe and supportive environment to talk about feelings related to the diagnosis, and offer coping strategies to help manage anxiety or depression.
A sex therapist can also help individuals explore any concerns or fears they may have about sexual activity, and provide guidance on how to enjoy sex in a safe and satisfying way.
Additionally, they can provide communication strategies to help individuals discuss the diagnosis with their partners, and offer education about the nature of GWs, including how they are spread and how to prevent transmission.
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