Living with genital warts is challenging from a variety of perspectives. It is one of the most misunderstood STDs, even though it is a commonly transmitted infection. Almost anyone who is sexually active today has an exposure risk to the human papillomavirus, or HPV. It is responsible for genital warts, which show as bumps or growths that can be white or flesh-colored.
Many New Yorkers take today's clinical pillow talk for granted. To be healthy, you must disclose. Bombarded with safe-sex messages in their youth, they experience a range of conflicting emotions - surprise, relief, guilt - as some gynecologists tell them that they can keep their little secret just that: a secret. Future studies will investigate whether the vaccine can guard against the virus in people who have already been exposed. In recent years, doctors have had the technology to test whether women with abnormal Pap smears carry any of the virus' problem forms. HPV differs from sexually transmitted diseases that can cause infertility or incurable illnesses such as herpes or AIDS. It is distinct in two ways: It is ubiquitous among sexually active Americans, and most people's immune systems will overcome it without their ever showing symptoms or knowing they were infected.
HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the human papillomavirus. In fact, it is a group of more than types of viruses. Most types of HPV do not cause any serious health problems.
Genital warts appear as growths or bumps that are flesh-colored or whitish. They may be small or large, raised or flat, and appear singly or in groups. While genital warts generally do not cause such symptoms as itching or pain, many people find them embarrassing, and they can be spread from person to person. But not all strains of HPV cause genital warts.