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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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I am always safe, should I still get tested for genital warts?

I am always safe, should I still get tested for genital warts?

No: Despite condom use the viruses that cause genital warts can still be spread. In females, pap smears test for most of the harmful viruses. In msm (men who have sex with men), "anal pap smears" can be done. Hpv, which is a vaccine, can help protect a person from contracting the most common viruses that give rise to genital warts and cervical cancer. Both males and females can get this vaccine. ...Read more

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My partner has genital warts. I have no signs or symptoms and have been tested for hpv. Can we have a baby?

My partner has genital warts. I have no signs or symptoms and have been tested for hpv. Can we have a baby?

Yes: Yes should be able to get pregnant. Most external genital warts are usually the type that are not associated with cervical cancer and are typically not tested for using the traditional hpv tests which usually test for the high risk types. ...Read more

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If I go to the health department to get tested for genital warts do they notify my doctor.?

Doubtful: You should notify your doctor, or fill out hippa release form to give permission for them to obtain results. ...Read more

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If you have genital warts will your pap smear being tested for HPV be positive because of genital warts?

If you have genital warts will your pap smear being tested for HPV be positive because of genital warts?

Not necessarily: The strains that cause genital lesions are different from the ones that cause cervical changes.Having genital lesions does not prevent you from getting the strains that cause cervical changes.Paps are a screening test for pre-cancerous changes and as a screening test is not specific to what caused those changes. ...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