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Genital Warts

Genital warts are bumps or growths in your genital area, they can be inside your vagina, outside your vulva, on your penis or on your testicles. 

You can have lots of genital warts or just one, they can be big or small and they usually hurt or itch.

BUT not all bumps are warts and it can be difficult to tell so you should drop in to see your GP or a clinic.

What are they caused by?

  • A virus called HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). 
  • This is another one of those viruses that you get which sits in your body and decides from time to time to give you symptoms. 
  • The virus can get passed on when it is active, i.e. when you can see the warts (if they are right inside a girl, you might not be able to see them). 
  • It may also be passed on, (although not so easily) when someone does not have warts. Another good reason to use a condom.

There are many types of HPV and other types of infections you can get with it.

Finger warts are caused by another type of HPV. They don't give you genital warts.

Can they be treated?

We cannot get rid of the virus completely but we can get rid of the warts. Come and see us and we can give you a cream or freeze them off. We need to look at them first and will talk to you about the different treatments. 

Remember the virus hangs around and sometimes you might get them back again.