Anal Warts

Anal Warts

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Anal warts are small warts that can appear in and around the anus. Anal warts are a form of genital warts and the condition is also called condyloma acuminata. 90% of genital warts are cuased by a virus, the Human Papiloma virus, which is a sexually transmitted infection.

How do you get anal warts?

Transmission of warts can occur, even if warts are not visible. It is spread by direct contact with the anus, mounh, penis or vagina of an infected person. Intercourse is not necessary to spread the infection. It can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. Two thirds of persons who had intimate contact with an infected partner, will develop symptoms within three months of contact.

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What do anal warts look like?

Anal warts begin as small pin-head size bumps. They may be too small to notice in the beginning. As they grow, they can develop a cauliflower-appearance when several are clustered together. They can flesh-colored, or yello, pink or light brown.

Warts are caused by a virus and therefore may occur on other parts of the body as well, for example the vulva, vagina, cervix in women; penis, scrotum, thighs or groin area in men. They may also appear in the mouth of an infected person.

Genital warts are diagnosed by a medical doctor.

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Treatment

Left untreated, warts may lead to an increased risk of cancer. The choice of treatment depends on the number of warts, the location and size, the patient preference and the medical service provider experience.

Smalkl warts can be treated with a prescription cream, intended for anal warts. Do not use other wart remvers on the anal or genital area. Larger warts wont respond to cream treatments. Medical options available for removing them are cryotherapy, electrocautery and laser treatments.

Wartd can reccur at any time, even months later. Follow-up visits and treatments are necessary to ensure no new warts exist.

How to prevent getting anal warts

1. Abstain from sex

2. Use condoms when you do have sex.

3. Limit your sexual contact to one partner.

4. Patients should encourage partners to be tested for HPV, to aviod re-infection, even thoug they may not have symptoms.

If you suspect that  you might have a STD, do a self test quiz, the STD Quiz.

You may also chat to a facilitator on LIVE CHAT if you have more questions. The service is free and you may stay anonymous.