Can Men Have Genital Warts

Can Men Have Genital Warts ?    Also known as Condyloma acuminata or venereal warts, genital warts are a highly contagious type of sexually transmitted disease caused by a particular group of viruses known as Human Papilloma virus or HPV.

    Genital warts are characterized by soft lump-like growths on the genitals including penis, vulva, urethra, vagina, cervix and the area surrounding the anus.

    There are 70 different subtypes of human papilloma virus. A majority of these are responsible for causing genital warts. However, there are certain sub-types that can cause common or flat warts in the mouth or throat or larynx or on skin.

     Occurrence of genital warts is an asymptomatic infection. Warts are usually recognized as bumpy, fleshy growths that are painless. Warts may occur as single or in clusters. The most significant health complication of an HPV infection or genital warts is that it can lead to cancerous changes in the cervix and uterus. Hence, it is important to get this condition diagnosed and treated without any delay.

     Occurrence of genital warts is increasingly common among sexually active women. Warts may appear on the lips of the vagina, inside the vagina, on the cervix or around the anus. In case of women, it is often difficult to locate these warts since they are located inside. Some common symptoms include increased vaginal discharge, itching in the anal area, vulvar itch, abnormal vaginal bleeding and intense pain during intercourse.

                                                 

     Genital warts can also occur in men. Around 1 percent of sexually active men in the US have genital warts. Infection usually gets transmitted as a result of abstaining from safe sex practices. The warts may appear on the tip or shaft of the penis, on the scrotum, testicles, groin, thigh or around the anus. Symptoms include itching, anal bleeding, pain, unusual discharge from the penis, swollen lymph nodes in the anal or groin area and changes in bowel habits. A HPV infection in men can lead to penile cancer or anal cancer.

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