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ask: Genital warts and future sexual life?

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I had a genital warts situated around anus. I know that even the warts are gone the virus stays in my body. Does this mean that I will be contagious whole my life, so that I always need to use a condom? And if I took that vaccine against warts and HPV now (after having warts) would it help me to be more protected of getting warts back? What is the biggest danger of warts?

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Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Yes, even after you have been treated for genital warts, you can still infect a sexual partner. Using a condom every time you have sex can significantly reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Personally, I think it is your responsibility to inform any of your sexual partners that you have genital warts.

No, receiving the HPV vaccine will not prevent a recurrence of the warts. The virus is already in your body. The vaccine known as Gardasil protects against the strains of HPV that cause most genital warts. Gardasil also protects against the HPV strains most likely to cause cervical cancer. Another vaccine, called Cervarix, protects against cervical cancer but not genital warts. These vaccines are most effective if given to children before they become sexually active.

For men, the warts may become numerous and quite large, requiring more extensive treatment and follow-up procedures. But, the types of HPV that can cause genital warts are not the same as the types that can cause penile or anal cancer.

Thank you for your question and I hope this information is helpful.
Maryann

October 26, 2011 - 2:47pm
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