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07 Apr Genital Wart

A genital wart is a growth that appears on the skin around the vulva and the anus. It may be a small, flat little lump, or a big growth that looks like cauliflower. It is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a virus called human papilloma virus (HPV). A condom cannot completely stop the transmission.

There are over 100 types of HPV. About 20 of them are known to cause cancer of the neck of the womb (cervix). It is important that a smear test of the cervix (pap smear) be done every year to find out the presence of HPV. Special tests can also be done to find out the type of HPV that may cause cervical cancer.

The wart can be treated by applying acid or cream to the growth. It may take several treatments to get rid of it. The wart can also be removed by laser, electrical cautery (heat) or surgical knife. Genital warts can sometimes disappear without treatment. However, the HPV could still be present in the body.

Vaccines are now available to prevent HPV infection.

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