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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

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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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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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

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


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