Every year, 25,000 people infected with Genital warts or the HPV virus. This is good for a second place on the list of most common STDs in the World. In some cases, the warts are located inside the body, allowing them to multiply and expand unnoticed. Genital warts can spread to clusters, which in most cases have to be removed by one or more operations. The warts are extremely contagious!
What are genital warts?
Genital warts are similar to common warts, but these warts are very contagious through sexual contact and are located on / in the genitals and anus.
The warts are harmless for the rest of the health, but can be very persistent. They can quickly grow into bunches and sometimes multiply at lightning speed. The warts are caused by a virus, which is almost always transmitted through sexual contact. This virus is available in many variants, including HPV type 6, 11 and 18.
However, the disease can also be transmitted in another way, for example by a towel or washcloth that has been used by an infected person. The disease can also be transmitted via the tiolet. In the bowel movement it is possible that the anus infects the genitals or vice versa. Genital warts are usually found in, on and around the genitals, the anus and (exceptionally) in the mouth.
Symptoms in men and women
Genital warts only develop for a few weeks or even more than a year after infection with the virus. In women, the warts are mainly on and / or round the labia, in the vagina and on the cervix. In men on and / or around the penis. In both women and men, the warts can also be found in and around the anus. It often starts with small warts that look totally innocent. Yet they grow and multiply at lightning speed. They do not hurt, but can itch or irritate. In women, the symptoms can get worse during menstruation or pregnancy. It is possible that you have genital warts without knowing it yourself. Sometimes the warts are located in places that you can not see yourself or in women, for example, only internally. In some cases the warts disappear again,
Possible consequences for men and women
Genital warts can spread quickly and are very contagious. That is why a quick treatment is also very important. If you wait too long with a treatment, the duration of treatment will also become longer. The HPV (Human Papillomavirus) that causes the warts is available in different types. Some types can be treated quickly, other types are associated with cervical cancer. The types that cause the warts are benign and therefore do not cause cancer. (This is a big misunderstanding!)
By no means everyone who gets infected with the virus does indeed suffer from warts. Depending on the necessary treatment and the duration of the treatment, it is possible that the sex part will have scars. Furthermore, the disease or virus has no serious consequences.