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?
Removal of the Genital Warts is a treatment most doctors resort to, to treat the condition but the patients have to understand that merely removing the warts physically does not stop the virus from being active. That is why the pap tests might be critical and the doctor can adjust the treatment accordingly.