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Genital Warts and HPV

Warts on the genital organs are caused by a virus (Human Papilloma virus) similar to the ones that cause common skin warts. In women they are found on the bottom of the vaginal opening, the labia, inside the vagina, or on the cervix. In men, warts usually appear on the scrotum or on the head (glans) or shaft of the penis. Warts may also appear around the anus after anal intercourse. A visual diagnosis and treatment to remove the growth(s) requires application of a weak acid or liquid nitrogen. Numerous applications may be necessary. Surgery may be required for larger warts.

There is some reason to believe that the Human Papilloma virus may cause precancerous cells to develop in the cervix. Therefore, it is extremely important to seek medical care for this condition.