Genital warts are soft growths that appear on the genitals. Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). These skin growths can cause pain, discomfort, and itching. They are especially dangerous for women because some types of HPV can also cause cancer of the cervix and vulva. Genital warts affect both men and women and can occur at any age.
HOW IS GENITAL WARTS DIAGNOSED?
General physician may conduct a complete physical examination of the Genital Warts and evaluate your symptoms. For women a pelvic examination may be needed for detecting genital warts. A pap smear test helps confirm presence of HPV
HOW IS GENITAL WARTS TREATED?
One problem with genital warts is that though they tend to go away with time, there is actually no proper cure for the same in the long run. One can use topical ointments to minimise the problems caused here with imiquimod (Aldara) or ointments like podophyllin and podofilox. In the long run, surgery may be needed for some people.