Christian Jessen (Doctor) gives expert video advice on: How do I know if I've got genital warts?; How do I cure genital warts? and more...
What are genital warts?
Genital warts are literally warts on the genitals. Genital warts are caused by the human papilloma virus, and they're probably the most common sexually-acquired infection.
How are genital warts contracted?
Genital warts are contracted by any form of close bodily contact. You don't actually have to have genital warts in order to be able to transmit them to other people. Condoms don't stop the spread of genital warts very effectively.
What are the long term effects of genital warts?
In men there are no significant long-term effects of having genital warts, other than the genital warts themselves being unsightly and can be painful or itchy. In women, however, there are certain types of human papilloma viruses that can cause changes to the cervical cells which may lead to cervical cancer.