WHAT CAUSES GENITAL WARTS?
Genital warts are an extremely common STD. The human papilloma virus, or HPV, causes them. There are many strains of HPV, and the strain that you have determines the kinds of symptoms you will experience and the kinds of complications that could potentially occur. If you suspect that you could have genital warts, then see your gynecologist for an accurate diagnosis and HPV treatment.
Genital warts sometimes appear as bumps or clusters of bumps in the genital region, though sometimes the bumps are not visible. In addition to the appearance of warts, people with HPV may experience itching, bleeding, burning pain, and vaginal discharge. Some forms of HPV also increase the risk of cervical cancer, so if you are diagnosed, your gynecologist may recommend more frequent Pap tests.
Washington Surgi-Clinic offers confidential STD testing in Washington, D.C., as well as a range of other women’s health services. To make an appointment for STD testing or treatment, Pap smears, and other gynecology services , please call (202) 659-9403.