Genital warts are caused by certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). This sexually transmitted disease is very common among sexually active individuals.
Although HPV is highly contagious, certain measures can be applied to prevent the spread of these lesions. Learn in detail everything you need to consider to reduce the possibility of getting or transmitting genital warts.
How do genital warts spread?
Genital warts are spread through skin-to-skin contact during sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal) with a person carrying the virus. These lesions are one of the symptoms of HPV types 6 and 11.
It’s important to note that HPV can spread even if the carrier doesn’t have visible genital warts. It’s very common for people who have the virus to not develop these lesions or show symptoms.
It may also occur that the carrier shows signs of the disease (warts) a few months or years after infection.
In women, these lesions appear in the vagina, vulva, area between the external genitals and the anus, cervix, and anal canal. In men, they appear on the penis, scrotum, or anus.
There are various risk factors for contracting the disease, primarily having unprotected sex with one or more partners, having a weak immune system, or suffering from a pre-existing disease.
If you have warts, it can be easy to infect others through sexual intercourse or spread it to other parts of your body if you touch them.
Measures to prevent genital warts from spreading
If you are sexually active, we recommend considering the following measures to prevent the spread of genital warts.
Protected sexual intercourse
The key point to prevent the spread of genital warts is to protect yourself during sexual intercourse. You can use condoms or oral barriers, as the case may be.
While these methods are not 100% safe, they do reduce your chances of contracting or transmitting genital warts.
The carrier doesn’t need to have visible warts to spread the disease; if the virus is active in the body, it becomes a source of transmission.
Get a regular medical check-up, including tests. This way, you can determine which type of HPV you have and manage the symptoms of the disease.
Strengthen the immune system
Include in your daily diet foods rich in vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants, in order to strengthen your immune system.
This is another key factor in preventing genital warts from spreading, as this can help your body get rid of HPV.
Avoid high-risk sexual practices
It’s not about abstaining from sex, you just need to limit the number of partners and use protection at each sexual encounter.
Get vaccinated against HPV
Ask your doctor for information about the vaccine that protects you from certain types of HPV. It’s an excellent option for preventing some of the types of HPV that cause genital warts.
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.
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