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Genital warts

Sexually Transmitted Infections.

What is it?

Genital Warts Genital warts are caused by a virus. They are the most common STI. The highest rate of infection is among women aged 20-24 and men aged 25-34. You can get it through oral, vaginal or anal sex or through close skin to skin contact with some one who has the virus.

What are the symptoms?

Growths or warts in the genital area around the back passage. They may look like pinkish/white small lumps or larger cauliflower shaped lumps.

What is it caused by?

A Virus called Human Papilloma virus

How is it diagnosed?

By seeing the warts or by taking a blood test. This can be done by your GP or at a Sexual Health clinic. It would also be wise at this time to be tested for other STI’s.

How is it treated?

Warts can be treated by applying special ointments or paints, by freezing or by surgical removal under local anaesthetic. If you have warts you should go to your GP or a Sexual Health clinic.

What can happen if it’s not treated?

Warts may disappear if left untreated but they may return. Some types of wart virus may be linked to cancer, however, the type of wart virus which causes visible warts is only rarely associated with cervical cancer.

The Scottish Government has introduced a vaccination against the virus for girls age 12 at school.

Safer Sex

You cannot tell by looking at someone if they have a sexually transmitted infection, so if you are having sex (oral, anal or vaginal) the only way to make sure you are not putting yourself at risk is to practise safer sex.
This means:

Condoms / Femidoms also protect you from other STIs including HIV. Always check the packaging for the British Standard kitemark or European product mark as well as the date of expiry.

Free condoms are available throughout Dumfries & Galloway. See the Clinic List.

Testing and treatment is available from:

  • General Practitioners
  • Sexual Health D&G, Nithbank, Dumfries.
    Daily drop-in Mon-Fri 9.00-11.00am
    Mon 4.30-6.00pm
  • Stranraer Community Hospital
    Drop In Every Monday 5.00 - 6.30pm
    Every Wednesday 10.30 - 11.30am
Tel: 0345 702 3687 for other appointments