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Can genital warts spread to other areas of the skin?

Can genital warts spread to other areas of the skin?

Yes: Genital warts are caused by strains of human papilloma virus (hpv) some of which cause cervical cancer, anal warts & cancer, pharyngeal warts & cancer. If you are affected, have your fp check thoroughly for other sites, especially the cervix with pap smear & dna testing to prevent/id cervical cancer early. Hpv vaccine protects against these cancer-causing strains. Discuss with doc. ...Read more

Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Genital Warts (Definition)

Genital warts are warts with a raised, irregular, flesh colored appearance and can be found anywhere throughout the genital area. The medical term for them is condylomata accuminata and they are caused by certain subtypes of the human papilloma virus (HPV). They are mildly contagious by direct genital contact but are NOT a risk for cervical cancer (which is caused by other subtypes of HPV). There are multiple treatments available and there is also ...Read more


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Please tell me can genital warts spread to other parts of the body?

Please tell me can genital warts spread to other parts of the body?

Yes: Although it is unusual for HPV induced genital warts to spread to other skin sites, they can spread to mucous membranes and also to the vocal cords. SO, if you have active genital lesions, partner should avoid oral sex. Also can transmit to infant during birth, so make sure to tell OB if you have lesions and you are pregnant. Then you both can discuss options to reduce risk of transmission. ...Read more

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Can genital warts spread to areas in which you were not infected?

Can genital warts spread to areas in which you were not infected?

Warts: Any wart is caused by a virus and is spread by contact. So touching or picking or scratching an area with warts can spread them. Avoid any unnecessary contact--your skin or another's to avoid spread. ...Read more

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Can genital warts virus spread from bed sheets?

Unlikely: Need repeated body to body contact , theoretically possible as it is is a virus but unlikely to happen considered as sexually transmitted disease. ...Read more

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Can you spread genital warts through a toilet seat? Is my family at risk?

No: Life's hard enough without this kind of worry. Be thankful for a healthy family. Genital warts are easily managed nowadays in any case. Best wishes. ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Warts (Definition)

Warts are outgrowths of the skin, usually caused by a virus. They are self-limited, meaning that they can go away on its own ...Read more