Genital warts are also known as condyloma or condylomata acuminata. This is a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by variants of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The variants usually include HPV6 and HPV11. This is a disease that is spread through intimate contact and that has 5.5 million new cases annually in the United States. The rapid spread of this disease is due to the fact that approximately 2/3 of those who are exposed to the disease, develop the disease combined with the fact that many of those who are already afflicted are unaware that they have the disease. It usually becomes clear within three months of the initial contact that the disease has been contracted but sometimes it may not be obvious for years. Genital warts are treatable through medications and surgeries but it is important to not that they can also be linked to serious medical concerns. HPV has been linked to cervical cancer and therefore those who contract the virus should be diligent to prevent the spread of this disease.
Symptoms of Genital Herpes
In general genital herpes effects the tissue in an around the genital area but it can also be present in the mouth of someone who has engaged in oral sex with a partner who has genital herpes. They symptoms of genital herpes often include small flesh colored bumps on the skin in the genital area. These bumps may also take on a cauliflower effect. The bumps can range in size from 1 millimeter or they may multiple and develop into clusters of a significant size that are obvious even to the naked eye. Women who are inflected with genital warts usually experience symptoms on the vulva, vaginal walls and sometimes the anus. Men who suffer from genital warts can have symptoms develop on the tip or shaft of the penis as well as scrotum or the anus. Other symptoms of this disease include itching or burning in the genital areas. The warts may be flat and difficult to notice but if you are experiencing other symptoms such as itching or burning and discomfort or bleeding during intercourse, it is recommended that you see a doctor who can determine if the symptoms are present by applying an acetic acid solution to the area and viewing it through a microscope. The acetic acid will turn the warts a white color and make them more visible through the microscope.