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Genital Wart

Definition - What does Genital Wart mean?

A genital wart is a visible symptom of HPV, or human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted infection. After infection, genital warts can appear on the genitals of both men and women. However, HPV is not always symptomatic which means even those without visible warts can still be infected.

Kinkly explains Genital Wart

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection today. There are more than 100 types of the HPV virus, some of them benign and harmless. Others are known to cause certain types of cancer; the most common cancer being cervical cancer in women.

Genital warts can appear as bumps around the genital area and can be raised, flat, or shaped like cauliflowers. Genital warts are diagnosed by looking at the genital area and identifying the bumps. Warts can appear within weeks or months after intercourse with an infected partner. Often, the infected partner may not be aware that he or she is infected. Symptoms do not always appear. Without treatment, genital warts can disappear, remain unchanged, or increase. Genital warts can be treated with surgical removal or through freezing with liquid nitrogen. No technique is more effective than the other.

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