Do you notice some pinhead-like growths, single or in groups, somewhere in your penis? Those growths may be genital warts – a sexually transmitted infection.
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Genital warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) and spread by skin-to-skin contact. The disease is highly contagious, with 25 to 65 percent of sexual partners developing the infection. In men, it affects any site of the genitals – the penis, urethra (the tube which connects the urinary bladder to the outside of the body), scrotum and even the anus.
There are about 60 types of HPV. Most warts are specific to one portion of the body. The virus that causes genital warts is called “condyloma”. Genital warts may be raised and rough and have a cauliflower-like appearance in worst cases. These types are often called “condyloma acuminate”. On the other hand, some warts are small, flat, flesh-colored and may not be identifiable to the untrained eye. These types are referred to as “condyloma planum”. Other wart viruses may not be identified without the aid of magnification or biopsy.
Like many sexually transmitted infections, HPV infection often does not cause visible symptoms. The virus can remain latent in the skin, making the infected person not aware of his infection and the potential risk of complications. If there are symptoms, the most common are itching, burning, pain, tenderness and discomfort during intercourse.
There is no cure for the disease. The current treatment aims at reducing the viral load by destroying the cells that are affected by HPV. The treatment is easier when warts are often small and few in numbers. Methods used include surgical, chemical (topical or injected) or thermal (cautery, laser or freezing) techniques. These methods may be tried depending on where, how large and how long the warts have been there. It should be emphasized that people with genital warts should consult with an expert medical practitioner for the proper kind of treatment. Self medication of genital warts or any other sexually transmitted infections can be very dangerous.
Even after treatment, there is no guarantee that genital warts will never come back. Once HPV is in the skin, genital warts may occur again and again. Safe sex is advisable.
The most serious concern of HPV is its connection with some cancers, particularly cancer of the anus and cervix. The prevalence of HPV in cervical cancer in 22 countries including the Philippines is pegged at 93%. Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer in Filipino women.
oh man, i'm so glad that my hand warts never got down there. I always used to wonder if I could get warts on my little budy from my hands but it never seemed to happen. after finding a way to
remove my warts I've been chipping away at each one and I'm almost completely wart free for the first time in ten years.