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Genital Warts

Genital Warts

Disease:  Genital Warts

Test/Treat:

Scott County Health Department will test? no
Scott County Health Department will treat? no

What is it? How do I get it?

Virus - direct contact (may be sexually transmitted - oral, vaginal or anal)

Symptoms:

  • Growths on or near sex organs
  • Usually not painful
  • May take up to 2 years to grow after infected

What happens if not treated?

  • Stays in your body forever once you are infected
  • WOMEN - who have warts should have a pap smear yearly
  • *Certain types of warts cause cervical cancer

How can I protect myself?

  • Know symptoms - LOOK for symptoms
  • DON'T have sex if you have symptoms
  • Use a condom - EVERY TIME YOU HAVE SEX

What to do:

  • Tell your partners if you have warts
  • Don't have sex until you've seen your Doctor and are treated

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Keep in mind that…

  • STDs may be passed from person to person regardless of the presence of symptoms.
  • STDs may be passed through all forms of sexual contact (oral, anal, vaginal).
  • STDs if untreated may lead to more severe problems.
  • Alcohol and drugs decrease your ability to make good decisions regarding your sexual behavior.

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