Genital Warts

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Genital warts are one of the most common types of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK and appear as small bumps, skin changes or growths in and around the genital or anal area.

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They’re caused by a viral infection and while not usually painful or serious, their appearance can be distressing.

If you’re suffering from genital warts and are looking for discreet, effective treatment - speak to a doctor online now.

Our GPs can examine the affected area, diagnose whether it is definitely genital warts and prescribe the medication needed to clear up the infection.

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What causes genital warts?

The human papiloma virus (HPV) is the viral infection behind genital warts and there are upwards of 30 different strains that can cause the condition.

They’re spread through various sexual acts (not necessarily penetrative), or the sharing of sex toys.

Fortunately, they don’t usually pose any serious risks to your health and they’re not known to affect fertility.

Genital warts can take anywhere from months or years to develop after you’ve been infected, although you can still pass on the virus before any warts are present or after they’ve cleared up.

While wearing a condom can help prevent genital warts, it won’t provide complete protection, since warts can affect the area around your genitals.

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Treating genital warts

If you think you may have genital warts, it’s recommended to speak to a doctor. While they’re not serious in themselves, you can get more than one STI at a time, so you should always get checked out.

There’s a range of treatments for genital warts and which one is right for you will depend on the number of warts and where abouts they’re located.

These include:

  • Creams
  • Liquids
  • Cryotherapy (where the warts are frozen)

Over-the-counter wart creams aren’t suitable, since they’re used to treat other types of warts.

You should also steer clear of having sex until they’re totally cleared up, since you risk passing on the infection to others and could increase the amount of time it takes you to recover.

While most people only have one bout of genital warts, in some cases, they may reappear - although this can take months or even years to happen.

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If you think you’ve got genital warts, or aren’t sure, speak to a doctor online in complete confidentiality now.

Our GPs can examine the affected area, diagnose whether you do have genital warts and prescribe treatments to help get them cleared up quickly.

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