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Doctor insights on: Genital Warts Vs Herpes

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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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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

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Can you get herpes from genital warts?

Hmmmm. no.: These do tend to travel in the same circles. E.G. People with one std often have another. However, someone with just genital warts won't give you herpes unless they have herpes infection to give you as well. Make sense? Remember safe sex. ...Read more

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How to know if I have herpes or genital warts?

How to know if I have herpes or genital warts?

Genital warts herpes: Generally genital warts are painless and usually without symptoms (dont hurt dont itch) Herpes however usually hurts, burns or is uncomfortable at some point but could also itch or not hurt at all. The only certain way to distinguish between them reliably is to be evaluated by a doctor. Call your local dept. of health for assistance being refered for evaluation. No sex until treated and cleared. ...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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What if you use the same towel after a shower as someone who has genital warts or herpes, can you catch it?

What if you use the same towel after a shower as someone who has genital warts or herpes, can you catch it?

Yes: Depending on the viral load, the amount of serum, mucous or discharge that contaminated the towel, the moisture of the towel, the temperature of the towel, the time since the towel was infected and where you used the towel, you could get or contract these viral conditions. Be careful! ...Read more

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Genital warts can be removed or go away within a few years, does that mean it's not with you for life, like it's not like herpes ?

HPV: Hpv, can last a lifetime and put you at risk for cervical, rectal and throat cancer. But, there are over 140 different strains and most of them cause no permanent risk. 13 strains cause these dangerous cancers. Gardisil, the vaccine, prevents the four strains that cause 95% of the dangerous disease. ...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 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

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