Genital Warts… totally manageable!

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common STIs. This virus is easily spread through close contact, like skin to skin of genital areas (don’t have to have penis-vagina sex for this to happen). There are lots of different types of HPV, and lots of people have it and never know it. Sometimes HPV can cause genital warts, and sometimes cancer of the cervix, penis, and anus. We’re looking at HPV that causes genital warts (and some cancers). There is a vaccine now available to help with a few different strains of HPV, check out this link for more info: http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/fs/hpv.pdf

Possible Signs & Symptoms

  • Growths on or around genitals and anus
  • Warts can be different sizes and shapes; may be flat, or look like cauliflower
  • Most warts grow in on the penis, scrotum, vagina, cervix, anus, and thighs
  • Can be painless or painful, itchy, warts could bleed or have pus if they are irritated

Super important detail: you need to go to a clinic or nursing station for help with this treatment; this could include pills, creams, and sometimes removal. Even after warts are treated, they can come back. The virus always stays in your body. PS- your sexual partners need testing & treatment too.

Check out this link on HPV: http://www.aboriginalsexualhealth.ca/documents/hpv_aboriginal_brochure_ENG.pdf