Causes and Symptoms of Genital Warts
Causes of Genital Warts
Ever wondered how people contract genital warts? What actually causes the transfer of the disease? Some of the causes might not be as obvious as they seem… Here’s a list of the three most common ways:
- Sexual intercourse (skin-to-skin contact. Over 85% of all HPV cases are contracted this way)
- Oral sex
- Indirect contact* (it is very important to wash your hands after touching an infected area if you have genital warts!)
* This one confuses everybody. There are many factors that go into transmission of genital warts through indirect contact. One thing is for sure; it’s a gamble at the least and transmission has definitely happened this way before so it’s better to be safe than sorry, right?
Despite popular belief, genital warts can remain dormant in an infected individual for years… Although this is highly unlikely. Typically, the first outbreak (which is usually the worst) occurs within six weeks of contact from another infected person. [Editor's Note: Have you read our other genital warts facts article yet?]
As someone who has genital warts, it is your responsibility to engage in safe sexual practices and inform all potential sexual partners of your condition. Keep in mind that the HPV virus also KILLS. In woman, strands of the HPV virus are known to cause ovarian cancer… Do you want someone’s death on your hands?
What do genital warts look like?
Imagine skin colored, infected, cauliflower sprouts growing on your genitals. That is basically what it looks like. Simply put, they are hideous and extremely embarrassing.
When they are first starting to grow, they can be easily mistaken for ingrown hairs so it is important to get a diagnosis by your doctor before coming to any conclusions.
Note: Symptoms of genital warts may not start showing up until six months after the initial infection date. Scary, right?
The frequency of outbreaks depends on a lot of things. The most important is probably the condition of your immune system. The next runner up would be stress levels. A surefire way to see an outbreak is to be an unhealthy person going through a stressful week at work. Eliminate all sources of stress in your life and try to become a healthier person. Eat better foods, avoid alcohol and smoking, and try to get a little exercise in… Even if it’s just a quick jog in the morning before you leave for work.
In the next few weeks we will be adding pictures of genital warts on this page in order to help you identify potential outbreaks. As always, any comments you have, please leave them below.
It’s easy to overlook the most common causes of genital warts but once you have them you must acknowledge that fact and take action. Knowing what symptoms to look for is crucial to successful suppression of the HPV virus and control of your genital warts-infected private parts.