Is There A Cure for Genital Warts?
More than 20 million Americans are infected yearly with the HPV virus. This virus is generally referred to as genital warts and is a highly contagious STD. These genital, or venereal warts, are passed through sexual contact whether or not a condom is in use. In some rare cases infants can be infected from birth with this virus from their mothers.
There are over one hundred types of HPV. One third of these hundred plus are spreadable by sexual interaction. Certain types of HPV can lead to cervical cancer and other genital cancers. More than two thirds of people who have contact with an infected person will develop genital warts within three months of contact. It is possible to contract HPV from a partner that isn't displaying any signs of the disease. According to the Department of Health and Human Services more than 6.5 million people are infected yearly with HPV.
Genital Warts-How to Spot Them
Not all warts can be seen with the naked eye. Most however are recognizable and appear as small fleshy pinkish-white cauliflower shaped growths. These warts generally show up on and around the vagina in women and on the tip pr shaft of penis in men. Anal warts may also develop. In some who have had oral sex, the warts can appear in the mouth and throat as well. One important thing to remember is that a person can be infected with this virus and display no outward sign of symptoms. Some warts may even be hidden inside the anus, so if you have had sexual contact it is important to be tested.
Again, there is currently no CURE for HPV or genital warts, but there are several things you can do to treat and curb the outbreaks. Treatment options vary depending on the size and location of the warts. There are several surgical options including: excising the wart with scissors or knife, laser removal; also called electrocautery (burning the warts off of the skin), and cryotherapy, which freezes off the wart. Other options include topical creams and lotions, but these often contain harmful components that compromise your health. Other antibiotics and pharmaceutical drugs pose even more dangerous side effects than topical treatments. These side effects can include things like insomnia, respiratory infections, vomiting, nausea, etc. Some of these surgeries can be pretty painful, and leave you recovering for a few days to a week. Injections, such as alpha-interferon, does a good job of making the wart go away-but only temporarily. It has no effect on reoccurrences and it is also extremely expensive. Natural alternatives, such as products like ViratrolTM, are great options and won't pose any harmful side effects are complications.
Preventing Genital Warts
No condom, cream, patch or pill can prevent you from contracted HPV if you become sexual active with someone carrying this disease. Your best option is to stay smart and have your partner get tested before becoming intimate. Your health is too important, so make the right choices!