Genital warts are one of the most common type of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) that affects both men and women. However, warts can also be transmitted via body contact. The virus responsible is known as the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This is a general term that houses more than 100 strains of this particular virus. However, it is important to note that not everyone who has the human papilloma virus gets genital warts as a symptom. It is likely to be diagnosed with the disease with no visible symptoms.
Some Facts About Genital Warts
Genital warts occur when the skin around the genital and anal area get infected with the human papilloma virus. Many types of the HPV affect different parts of the body including the feet and hands. Medical researchers have discovered more than 40 types of the HPV that affect the genital area. However, the type 6 and type 11 are most common in 90 percent of genital wart infections. Genital warts are a sexually transmitted disease because the infection occurs when there is skin to skin contact between an infected and an uninfected individual.
This makes any sexually active person at risk of getting infected with the virus. Studies accomplished by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) revealed that the Human Papilloma Virus at some point in their lives has infected half of sexually active individuals. Notably, it is a common occurrence in young adults under the age of 30 years.
Genital warts can be transmitted from one person to another in several ways.
Modes of Transmitting Genital warts
- Anal sex
- Vaginal sex
- Non-penetrative genital contact
- Sharing of items of the sexual nature such as sex toys
There also are some rare instances whereby a mother can transmit the virus and warts to a baby during childbirth. However, transfer of this infection during birth is not a common occurrence. However, if a pregnant woman is diagnosed with the disease, doctors ensure that she is treated before delivery or that the child is infected. One if the modes of treatment administered at this point is the use of a product known as Wartrol. This is a top bu for anyone suffering from HPV related infections.
There also are some rare instances whereby an infected person with warts on their hands may transmit the disease to someone else by touching their genitals. It is important that sexually active individuals get tested for the virus before engaging in sexual activity with new partners.