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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Genital Herpes And Genital Warts

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Need advice on what is the the difference in genital warts and genital herpes?

Need advice on what is the the difference in genital warts and genital herpes?

Different organisms: They are two different infections. One causes blisters and one causes warts(like you would get on you thumb or foot). ...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


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Is genital herpes and genital warts the same thing?

Is genital herpes and genital warts the same thing?

Not at all : These are two different stds caused by two different virus. Genital warts is caused by hpv and leads to warts. Herpes is caused by hsv and leads to painful ulcers and blisters. ...Read more

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Can you catch genital herpes and genital warts by using a infected dirty towel or wash cloth?

Can you catch genital herpes and genital warts by using a infected dirty towel or wash cloth?

Viral contamination: Possibly you could contract herpes or warts in this manner - especially if the towel was used by an infected person. Would you use a dirty towel? ...Read more

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How do genital warts and genital herpes differ?

How do genital warts and genital herpes differ?

Very different: Genital warts look like warts anywhere else. They're flesh-colored and not fluid-filled. Herpes looks like either small blisters or shallow ulcers on a red base. In addition, herpes lesions come and go; warts just stay there. ...Read more

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If you have genital herpes can you give your partner genital warts? I have genital herpes and my wife just found out she has genital warts

If you have genital herpes can you give your partner genital warts? I have genital herpes and my wife just found out she has genital warts

Herpes : Herpes virus and genital warts are different viruses. Patients can have "latent" infections for years that then surface, so it doesn't necessarily mean a patient gets an infection from their current partner. ...Read more

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Why don't doctors test for genital herpes or genital warts unless symptoms are shown?

Why don't doctors test for genital herpes or genital warts unless symptoms are shown?

Lot of positives: Genital herpes cultures and wart biopsies (if needed) are often obtained when you have an actual lesion. They guide if you need treatment and confirm diagnosis. Blood tests can identify if you have had exposure to herpes (genital or oral) as high as 80% of americans can test positive by blood tests without symptoms. You dont treat history of exposure. ...Read more

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Angiokeratomas : is it a std that is not curable and will always come back such as genital herpes or genital warts?

Angiokeratomas : is it a std that is not curable and will always come back such as genital herpes or genital warts?

Not an STD, harmless: Angiokeratoma is not an STD and has nothing to do with sex. (The large majority of skin problems of the genital area are not STDs.) Antiokeratomas may recur, but it's not a serious health problem. Discuss it with your doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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Can the viruses that cause genital herpes, genital warts, and molluscum contagiosum also cause bumps on the face or lips?

Can the viruses that cause genital herpes, genital warts, and molluscum contagiosum also cause bumps on the face or lips?

Yes: The virus you mentioned can affect the skin anywhere in the body. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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If my fingers came in contact with genital herpes or genital warts, would I have to wash my hands with soap or can I just rinse my hands?

If my fingers came in contact with genital herpes or genital warts, would I have to wash my hands with soap or can I just rinse my hands?

Water ok.: Water will remove over 90% of the viral load on your skin. Using the soap Would only be beneficial if there was oil residues or massive amounts of contaminant on your hand but you weren't able to wash off with water. ...Read more

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Why do women have outbreaks of herpes and genital warts when taking birth control?

Why do women have outbreaks of herpes and genital warts when taking birth control?

Not related: Birth control pills don't/shouldn't affect one's immune system. Stress, lack of sleep, changes in life stressors, these things are definitely associated with increased outbreaks of herpes and warts. Herpes and warts are both viruses (hsv and hpv) and thus our body's ability to fight them is affected by what's going on in our life. I definitely see pts with life stressors experience outbreaks. ...Read more

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How to know if I have genital herpes/ warts?

Get examined: Easy. You visit a doctor or clinic for examination and perhaps testing. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of genital herpes and warts?

What are some of the symptoms of genital herpes and warts?

Not a podiatry ?: You need to direct this to your familoy doctor. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the different ways you can contract herpes or genital warts?

Can you please describe the different ways you can contract herpes or genital warts?

...: You can get genital herpes by having sex (oral, vaginal, anal) with someone who has herpes. The virus can be found in the sores, but there does not need to be an open sore to get the virus. This is known as “asymptomatic shedding.” there is treatment but no cure. Latex condoms decrease risk of getting herpes. ...Read more

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Help docs, is herpes the same as genital warts?

Help docs, is herpes the same as genital warts?

No, different: Herpes and genital warts are entirely different. Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 or 2 (HSV1, HSV2). Warts are caused by particular types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Google both HSV and HPV and you can learn a lot about both of them. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between HPV, genital warts and herpes?

Different symptoms: Most genital HPV infections cause no symptoms, but some HPV infections cause genital warts. Warts are painless growths in the genital area. Herpes is entirely different and doesn't look or feel anything like warts or HPV. Typically it causes blister-like bumps that then become open sores and heal over the next week or so. If you are worried about any of these, see your doctor for exam and testing. ...Read more

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Could someone get genital warts or herpes on their pubic bone?

Could someone get genital warts or herpes on their pubic bone?

No: Genital warts grow on genital skin, introitus, vagina, cervix, penis, anus & urethra. They can not grow inside your body where bones are located ...Read more

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Can a paper smear let u no if u have genital wart or genital herpes.?

Can a paper smear let u no if u have genital wart or genital herpes.?

Not exactly!: A pap smear is a test done to detect abnormal cell changes in your cervix that may lead to cervical cancer. At the time of your pap, hpv testing may be done which detects the virus that is known for causing most cervical cancers. Genital warts are also caused by hpv viruses, but diferent strains (6, 11) than those that cause cancer. Herpes testing requires either culture of a lesion or bloodwork. ...Read more

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Do genital warts or herpes itch?

Do genital warts or herpes itch?

Possibly: Condylomata or genital warts typically are not symptomatic whereas herpes outbreaks often are preceded by burning pain and itching ...Read more

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Can i get herpes from genital warts?

Can i get herpes from genital warts?

Genital warts: Genital warts are caused by human papillomovirus (hpv) and are not caused by herpes. One can not cause the other. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Genital Herpes (Definition)

A skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more