HPV is the human papillomavirus that causes vaginal genital warts and can cause cervical cancer.
- This is a sexually transmitted disease that is extremely contagious
- Can be passed through various forms of sex and skin-to-skin contact
- Latex condoms do not completely eliminate the spread of HPV
- Vaginal genital warts can be detected in a simple in-office procedure
- Although there are various treatment options for vaginal genital warts, there is no cure
- Gardasil vaccine can protect against various types of HPV
Vaginal genital warts are a sexually transmitted disease that are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are extremely contagious and can be passed during oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex or from skin-to-skin contact during sex with an infected partner. Latex condoms can greatly reduce the spread of HPV, but do not completely eliminate it. Even if you don’t have any symptoms but are infected, you can spread HPV to your sexual partner.
The genital warts are pink or flesh colored bumps that are soft and moist. You can have one bump or many. Vaginal genital warts are usually found in or around the vagina, around the anus, or on the cervix.
Vaginal genital warts are often detected in a colposcopy procedure that is performed due to abnormal pap smear test results. Dr. Tom Harman, Jane Koch, CNP at Partners In Women’s Healthcare can perform a colposcopy to examine and diagnose for HPV and vaginal genital warts.
There are a variety of treatments for vaginal genital warts, but unfortunately, no treatment gets rid of the virus. Vaginal genital warts can return after treatment. Some types of HPV can cause cervical cancer. It is important to get tested if you believe that you may have come into contact with an infected partner. Partners in Women’s Healthcare can perform the necessary tests to determine if you have become infected and what the best course of treatment is. Don’t hesitate in contacting us immediately to set up an appointment.
The Gardasil vaccine is approved by the FDA for preventing HPV types 16 and 18 infections in women. These two HPV’s cause 70% of all cervical cancers. Gardasil is also effective against HPV types 6 and 11 for prevention of 90% of genital warts. The Gardasil vaccine is safe and effective for girls and women ages 9 to 26. It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that all girls ages 11 or 12 get vaccinated to protect against cervical cancer.
Partners in Women’s Health Care provides the Gardasil vaccine to patients who are interested in protecting against cervical cancer and genital warts. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
Partners in Women’s Healthcare offers screening for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichamonas, Herpes, Hepatitis and HIV. Our practitioners are sensitive counselors with patients dealing with sexually transmitted diseases. We offer various treatments for STDs. If you have a concern about a possible infection, contact Partners in Women’s Healthcare today to set up an appointment for STD screening.