To begin with it should perhaps be mentioned that STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease. It therefore follows that genital warts is a sexually transmitted disease. It should also perhaps be noted that genital warts can be referred to as HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), Condylomata Acuminate, Condyloma, Venereal warts, and in some instances penile warts.
Genital warts STD infections are normally highly contagious, and the can be passed on through many different ways, but the chief method is through sexual contact. This includes vaginal sex, oral sex and anal sex. In the case of genital warts STD, an exchange of bodily fluids is not the method of transference, instead it is through skin to skin contact.
This is why sometimes simple precautions such as using a condom won’t be as helpful in preventing someone from contracting genital warts STD infections from infected partners.
The warts themselves might sometimes be found on the inner thighs, the outer lips of the vagina, or some other portion of the genital area.
The most likely method of detection of genital warts is a visual examination which will be conducted by a physician. If this yields no results the physician may then try one of several other testing methods for genital warts STD infections. These include daubing the area with acetic acid, a colposcopy, or a cervical smear test.
Causes for contracting genital warts STD infections include, having sex with multiple partners, having unprotected sex, starting sexual relations at an early age, having a history of HPV infections, or if you have a history of other STD’s.
Other causes to get genital warts STD infections include if you are pregnant, if you come into contact with the skin of an infected area, the over-usage of drugs such as antibiotics or steroids, a poor immune system, poor nutrition, and in some cases stress.
Treatment methods for genital warts STD infections include, but are not limited to prescription medications such as Imiqiumod, Fluorouracil, and Trichloracetic acid, as well as surgical excision methods. These include laser therapy, cryotherapy, and electrosurgery.
There is also available now for genital warts STD infections, a vaccine called Gardasil. This is recommended be administered to young girls ideally before the onset of sexual relations, and between the ages of 9 and 26, in a number of three dosages.
Since genital warts STD is highly infectious, if your partner suffers from this infection you will also need to get tested for the infection. This is necessary for a number of reasons chief of which is the fact that some strains of the genital warts STD virus, if left untreated can lead to more serious conditions such as cancer.