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Genital warts

There are several sexually transmitted diseases and while some of them arequite common (like genital warts, for example), there are also some that are rare, veryserious and even life threatening. The human papillomavirus is the virus responsible for the outbreak ofgenital warts in women, as well as in men. It is estimated that more than halfof the adult sexually active population is infected by this virus.

The genital warts develop in the moist tissues, which are in the genitalregion. While in some cases they cannot be visible, they usually appear as tinybumps of flesh color. Frequently, they can emerge in clusters making a cauliflower-likeappearance. Genital warts may also appear in the oral cavity due to oral sex with the infectedperson.

Early sings of genital warts should not be ignored

Even though it can be quite embarrassing to talk about the genital warts, itis not the reason to ignore them completely. When the early signs of thissexually transmitted disease appear, something should be done immediately sincethey will not disappear alone. The genital warts should be treated although thehuman papillomavirus stays forever in the body. The partners should be informedabout it also since the both partners, if they are infected, should be treated, and if only one is affected by this virus, the other should be protected fromgetting it. A doctor should be visited when one notices the symptoms of genitalwarts.

One should know that genital herpes and genital warts are not the same diseases, and they are not caused by the same virus. Although both are sexuallytransmitted diseases, they are caused by different types of virus and havedifferent symptoms, as well as treatment. Early signs of genital warts are contagious and the sexual partner can beeasily infected in a sexual intercourse. The person can cause the outbreak ofthe warts on other parts of the body if he/she does not wash the hands aftertouching the warts. In women, the untreated genital warts may even lead to the development ofcervical cancer and that is the reason why the early signs of this diseaseshould not be neglected. The person will not show the symptoms when infected with human papillomavirus.The symptoms may appear from 3 weeks to a couple of years after the virusentered the body. Therefore, it can be quite difficult to know when it occurredand with whom.

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