Thursday, January 15, 2009

Having genital warts problem?

Yesterday, I was having a lunch with my friend pokwang. She was crying when she confessed to me that she is suffering from genital warts. I don't know what to tell to her because I'm not expert on this. That afternoon, I called my doctor friend and scheduled her for a thorough examination on her situation. The doctor explain about her problem. But I was not contented with her explanation, that's why I hurried home and browse the Internet to find solution to pokwang.
I found out that the Genital warts, which are also known as “venereal warts”, are one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases in the world. In fact, based on the studies by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), there are at least 20 million people in the US who are carrying human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus responsible for genital warts. Moreover, the studies show that in the US, around 6 million cases of genital warts are diagnosed annually. It's a virus that virus causes outbreaks of tiny, flesh-colored, cauliflower-shaped lesions that may appear raised or flat. These warts usually develop in the genital and anal regions of both males and females. They may also form in the mouth and throat area in persons who have engaged in oral sex with an infected partner. Genital warts is considered as sexually transmitted disease, but the virus that causes it does not require the exchange of bodily fluids during intercourse for it to be passed on to another person. HPV is spread through direct contact with the skin of an infected person. This means that genital warts can be transmitted not only through vaginal and anal sex, but also through oral sex and during foreplay. The virus can be spread without penetration.
I also learned that genital warts are not also for women but for men as well. Genital warts for men can be found in the penis, urethra, and rectal area while on women the vaginal lips, inside the vagina, cervix, uterus, and around the anus. The Symptoms of genital warts may appear from a few weeks to even several years so you should not wait for the physical presence of genital warts to manifest. Moreover, there are times when some symptoms of genital warts appear without the warts appearing and vice versa.
Here are the Common Symptoms of Genital Warts:
  • Red, pink or gray-colored cauliflower-shaped lesions in your genital and anal area that looks raised or flat. These bumps may grow in large clusters and expand into huge masses very rapidly.
  • An increase in moisture and dampness in the infected area.
  • An increase in vaginal fluid excretion.
  • Pain and bleeding during and after sexual intercourse. This is usually more painful for women since their genital warts can manifest inside their cervix and vagina.
  • Tiny papules on shaft of the penis.
  • Discomfort and itching in the affected areas. This is commonly confused for a simple rash.
  • A burning sensation in the genital and anal region. Warts are usually painless in nature in mild cases, but they may inflict extreme pain in severe cases.
The most scary is that
genital warts and pregnancy affects women who have been infected with HPV and have had genital warts in the past usually have healthy pregnancies and smooth birthing experiences. However, the virus can be passed on both before and during birth in women who currently have genital warts. The good news though is that even if they are not curable, genital warts do not pose a major risk to your baby’s health during pregnancy.The occurrence of genital warts while pregnant can be a foremost basis of apprehension for mothers to be. It puts the unborn child at risk of getting the infection. There is also a chance that genital warts can be passed along to newborn babies through a contaminated birth canal.The symptoms of genital warts get worse during pregnancy since the immune system gets suppressed normally during this period, making the woman more susceptible to infections and viruses. Thus, genital warts may become larger during pregnancy.
We should be very careful in our health and my friend pokwang will be alright because she will follow what did my friend doctor instructed her to do.

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