What Is It?
Genital warts are the second most common STI seen in GUM clinics. Genital warts are caused by some strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (wart virus). The highest rate of infection occurs among women aged 20-24.
How Are They Passed On?
Genital warts are passed on through unprotected vaginal or anal sex, by sharing sex toys or direct skin to skin genital contact.
What Are The Symptoms?
Not everyone with the virus will develop warts. When warts are present they are usually painless but may cause inflammation. Warts can take a year or more to develop after infection with the wart virus. Warts are not always visible, especially if they occur inside the vagina, particularly the cervix, or in the anus. If warts aren’t present the virus can not be tested for.
What Treatment Can You Get?
Visit your GUM clinic to get a diagnosis first. Genital warts can be treated with different methods. Whatever treatment is suitable for you will be given at the clinic. If you have any questions, would like more information or get tested ring any of the GUM clinics listed in our Where To Go section.
Treatment in a STI clinic is confidential, non-judgmental and free. Staff in the clinic are trained to treat STIs in an understanding and helpful way so there is no need for you to feel embarrassed.