Genital Warts

Genital warts are a common sexually transmitted infection, caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). There are over 100 different types of HPV, not all causing genital warts. Four out of five people will have at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.

It usually causes no symptoms and goes away by itself. It can sometimes cause genital skin lesions, known as warts, but more importantly, there are other high-risk HPV types that can cause anogenital cancers. There is no cure for genital HPV but genital warts can be treated by doctors in Sexual Health North, Joondalup.

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What are genital warts / HPV?

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Genital warts symptoms & complications of not testing and treating

Genital warts usually present as small painless lumps that can grow with time. They can cluster and clump together. Warts can appear in any part of the female or male anogenital area. Sometimes to the untrained eye, they might look like part of the genitals or just any other lumps and bumps.

Symptoms can include:

  • itching,
  • irritation,
  • change in the flow of your pee( for example split in the stream) that doesn’t go away
  • bleeding

Sometimes genital warts can bleed after having sex. There are generally few complications with not treating genital warts.

However, they can:

  • be unsightly, and spread locally increasing the area of anogenital skin covered by warts
  • cause discomfort
  • be easily passed on to your sexual partner
  • take years to resolve
  • very occasionally, warts can be associated with skin cancers

It is important to get lumps, which you think might be warts, checked out to confirm that they are warts and not another type of skin condition.

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How common are genital warts and who should get tested?

We recommend you see a health care professional experienced in managing genital skin conditions such as the sexual health specialists at Sexual Health North if you have fleshy growths or bumps on your genitals. We also recommend STI testing and a genital exam if your partner has been diagnosed with genital warts.

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How do we test you for genital warts?

Genital warts testing is usually done by examining the affected area which includes looking at the urethral opening (where the pee comes out), genital and anal area. Occasionally if the wart looks unusual or it is not responding to treatment a biopsy may be recommended.

If you have anal sex and suspect you may have anal warts, your specialist will perform a proctoscopy to examine the anal cavity. Warts in the anal cavity may require surgical removal.

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At Sexual Health North, we are experts in testing, diagnosing, counselling/providing advice for and treating STIs including genital warts.

We provide all of these services in one place, reducing hassle.

We provide judgement-free support and treatment to all patients regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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