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Added August 01, 2013

HPV (Genital Warts)

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Warts where? What to do if you have warts "down there."

HPV (human papillomavirus) or genital warts (condyloma acuminata) is a viral infection (actually two different types!) that usually causes warty growths on the genitals and/or around the anus and/or cervix. These warts are flesh-colored, usually painless (although they may itch, burn and bleed), flat or raised, single or multiple, small, large or in clusters.

 

Sometimes the warts don't appear for weeks, months, or even years after one has contracted the virus. The warts tend to come back since the virus stays in the body.

 

To diagnose warts, a doctor can do the following: a Pap test; a culposcopy (examining the cervix with magnification); a biopsy; or a laboratory test (not yet proven to be conclusive).

 

The visible warts may be removed in a variety of ways. See a doctor. Never use over-the counter wart remedies in the genital area.

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