What Causes Genital Warts?
Genital warts are one of the most common kinds of STD’s. Basically they are ugly contagious bumps on your genitals or anus. It is thought that you get genital warts through sexual contact with someone infected by the human papilloma virus (HPV). They can also infect the inside of the vagina, cervix and rectum.
Personally, I was completely freaked out when my first wart appeared on my privates!
Apparently, there is currently over a hundred different types of HPV that may cause warts, but only a few of these can cause genital warts. Those that do cause these genital warts are really, really contagious. The most common type of HPV that cause this condition are HPV6 and HPV11. It is possible for someone to have HPV an not know it. If they haven’t had a genital wart outbreak yet, they can infect without ever knowing they did so!
The best way to protect yourself from this is obviously chastity. But in the real world, I suggest you use a condom and take whatever other precautions you might think necessary, especially with “new” partners.
The percentages of young girls tested for HPV show alarming infection rates (and they say it’s increasing at an alarming rate). In England one study found that ten percent of teenage girls have HPV by age sixteen. And another US study found that twenty six percent of teenage girls (age 14-19) have at least one STD!
Some of those infected have “outbreaks” on a very frequent basis. For others, breakouts might be less frequent and these people can go many months without a single genital wart.
The pain, embarrassment and social stigma that goes along with having genital warts is socially crippling!
I’ve created this blog to document my personal experiences trying a product called Wartrol. Over the next weeks and months I’ll let you know whether it works, or not.
In the end, it doesn’t matter how you got them, or what causes genital warts, it’s how you get rid of them.