Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Genital warts and HPV is considered a worldwide epidemic, with over 20 million cases in the United States alone. Researchers estimate 1 out of 5 sexually active people are infected with HPV. These numbers are considered low due to the fact, that not everyone that is infected with HPV is aware of their infection.
A person can be infected with HPV for up to 5 years without any signs or symptoms of the infection, this is more common in men. If a person is sexually active with more than one partner, they are at greater risk of becoming infected with HPV genital warts.
With each new partner you are not only exposing yourself to that person’s genital warts infection, you are also exposing yourself to everyone they have been sexually active with for the past 5 years.
A person will usually become aware of an HPV infection within 3 weeks to 6 months. There are two types of HPV infection the low risk type 6-11 are none cancerous.
HPV type 16-18 infected cells cause 75% of cervical cancers, as well as other types of cancer. Both men and women should see their health care provider once a year to be examined for STD’s; this could save your life. As yet a cure for HPV has not been found, there are treatment options available. Ask your health care provider about this all natural treatment.
HPV warts may occur around a woman’s vulva, near her anus in the vagina or on the cervix. Genital warts may appear pink to flesh colored, as a bump or flat to the skin surface, they may also resemble a cluster of cauliflower like growths and vary in size.
Men will experience outbreaks of genital warts on the penis and around the opening, they may also appear around the scrotum and anal areas in some cases the warts may occur on the thighs.