Genital Warts

What is it?

Genital warts are caused by the Human Papiloma Virus (HPV). Genital warts are easily passed from one person to another via skin-to-skin contact during sex.

What are the symptoms?

There are many different types of genital warts. Some warts do not appear and you may not know whether you have the virus. Sometimes you may notice lumps on or around the genital area.

Can it be treated?

Yes, genital warts can be treated and warts may be removed with lotion, freezing or burning depending on the type of genital warts. Early treatment is usually more effective and highly recommended.

Even after treatment it is possible for the virus, which causes genital warts, to stay in the body for life and symptoms can re-occur.

You should never treat yourself for genital warts. Visit your GP or find your nearest sexual health clinic using our services page.

How can I prevent it?

Condoms are the only form of contraception to protect you against STIs. You can get FREE condoms from any easy access point for condoms

If you have an outbreak of genital warts you should avoid any sexual activity or skin-to-skin contact.


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