By J. Martin

Genital warts, at the worst, can be among the most distressing conditions one could ever suffer. Genital warts are also not among the most commonly discussed conditions, so many people remain with a lot of unanswered questions with regard to this painful conditions, questions that only come out whenever the condition is discussed in an open manner and in an open forum.

One of the most basic questions asked with regard to genital warts is as to what causes the condition. The question as to what causes genital warts was for long a difficult one to answer, but thanks to focused research efforts, it has since been established that genital warts are caused by a virus, a specific virus called the Human Papilloma Virus. The fact that genital warts are caused by a virus natural means that their management has to be along the lines established for viral conditions – which is incidentally quite complex.

The second basic question typically asked with regard to genital warts is with regard to how they are spread. The answer to this question tends to be a bit confounding to many people, especially those who hold the view that genital warts are only spread sexually. As it turns out, genital warts are spread in a variety of other ways, so that one should not be too surprised if they happen to find themselves afflicted of the condition without having ever had unprotected sex. Genital warts can, for instance, be spread by simply sharing shower towels with a person who happens to be afflicted of them (which is very possible through the use of hotel towels that tend to be re-used in low end hotels). For medical practitioners, careless handling of medical equipment that has been used in working on patients who happen to have genital warts can also see one getting infected with the condition.


The next most commonly asked question with regard to genital warts is with regard to what the symptoms of the condition are. The answer, of course, is that genital warts are characterized by ‘warts’ – though it should be noted that genital warts are typically painless, but rather itchy – which can make having them rather uncomfortable. As the condition progresses, the genital warts can start bleeding too.

Having explored the condition, the next question that tends to arise with regard to genital warts is as to how (if somehow) they can be treated. Now while no fool-proof treatment method has been established for completely eliminating the warts and preventing their recurrence, approaches such as cyrotherapy (freezing), laser therapy and electrodesiccation have been shown to have considerable success in getting rid of the genital warts; as have medications like imiquimod and podofilox; though many cases of genital warts do typically go away without any intervention – provided one’s natural immunity is not compromised.

Towards the end of most genital warts discussions, a question that tends to arise is as to how one can prevent the condition. The answer to this question ranges from the use of vaccine (only for women) – a vaccine called Gardasil, while also (for both genders) avoiding indiscriminate unprotected sex and the sharing of personal effects like towels, which as we have seen, can cause the spread of this highly contagious and distressing condition.

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