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If a female has genital warts, can she have oral or intercourse with a man without spreading it to him? What can the do? I would like to know what we can and can't do?

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Dr. Laura McMullen
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The only foolproof way to keep from transmitting or catching genital warts is to avoid sexual contact.
Condoms can help decrease the spread, but cannot fully protect you since the warts/virus can be on the skin not covered by the condom. That being said, since condoms reduce the risk they should be used at all times. The hpv virus (the one that causes genital warts) can even be spread when there are no visible warts so often, in an ongoing sexual relationship both partners are infected by the time one of them is diagnosed. For more information, i've attached a great website with tons of information on genital warts. Good luck!

In brief: The

The only foolproof way to keep from transmitting or catching genital warts is to avoid sexual contact.
Condoms can help decrease the spread, but cannot fully protect you since the warts/virus can be on the skin not covered by the condom. That being said, since condoms reduce the risk they should be used at all times. The hpv virus (the one that causes genital warts) can even be spread when there are no visible warts so often, in an ongoing sexual relationship both partners are infected by the time one of them is diagnosed. For more information, i've attached a great website with tons of information on genital warts. Good luck!
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