Having the small, fleshy growths of genital warts appear for the first time can be very upsetting. After people get diagnosed and begin treatment, most want to know when they will be able to have sex again and how they should handle telling their partners about it. Sex with genital warts is possible if you take some precautions. You can also take steps to prevent getting warts in the first place, stop recurrences if you already have them and treat existing warts.
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Can you have sex with genital warts?
If you have genital warts or have a sex partner with genital warts, your sex life is not over. You can enjoy a rewarding and rich sex life even if you have warts. Often, with treatment, warts will go into remission. This means that you may never have another bout of warts again.
Having sex with genital warts involves some simple precautionary steps. When they first appear, you’ll want to treat them, using at-home remedies, medication, burning or freezing. If you have never contracted warts, you can prevent infection. If either you or your partner has warts, the other partner likely also has the virus even if no symptoms are present.
Warts are most contagious when they are present although you carry the virus that causes them even when they are not. If you have active warts, it is best to avoid having sex until they are gone. If you choose to have sex, make sure to use a condom every time. You should also discuss your genital warts with your partner so that he or she understands the risks that are involved. Can you get genital warts without being sexually active? Learn more here.
How to talk to your partner about warts
You may be very nervous about talking to your partner about having warts. It is an important discussion to have, especially if your partner does not have them. Before you have the conversation, you should first make certain that you find information to answer your own questions about the virus so that you have a better comfort level. Having HPV does not mean that you are dirty. It simply means that you came into contact with a very common virus that is shared by millions of people. Your conversation should not be an apologetic one.
Instead, it should be honest, and you should share some important factors as follows:
- There are more than 100 strains of HPV, and about 30 of them are spread through sexual contact.
- Symptoms may not show up for months or years, making it impossible to know when it was contracted.
- A majority of adults carry the virus.
- Very few cases actually lead to cervical cancer.
- When warts are treated and go away, most people never get them again.
- For 90 percent of people, their immune systems clear the body of the virus within two years.
Explaining the risks to your partner can let him or her understand what is involved. If he or she still wants to have sex, insist on using either a male or female condom when warts are present. Do genital warts cause cancer? Learn more by reading this article.
Genital warts and oral sex
The virus that causes genital warts loves hiding in the warm, moist tissues of the vagina, anus and genital region. It lives in mucous membranes. Because your mouth and throat are lined with mucous membranes, it is possible to transmit genital warts during oral sex although it is not very common. It is thus best not to engage in oral sex when you have active warts present. If you and your partner choose to do so, make certain to use a condom to reduce the risk of transmission.
When warts are passed through oral sex, they may appear on the lips, the tongue or on the throat. Like other problems associated with HPV, possible complications could include the development of oral cancers of the tongue, mouth or throat. If you wonder if you can get genital warts from kissing, the good news is that you cannot. They are not spread through kissing, bathing, toilet seats, sharing towels or any other normal activity.
The virus that causes genital warts is most contagious when warts are present. You should treat warts and avoid sex until they are gone to minimize the chance that you will pass them. If you do choose to have sex, make certain to use latex condoms and inform your partner of the risks so that they can make an informed decision.
Prevention and treatment
The most efficient way to prevent genital warts is to get vaccinated before you ever engage in sex for the first time. The HPV vaccine prevents the occurrence of the most prevalent strains that cause warts as well as cervical cancer. If you or your partner already have genital-wart problem, you can treat it at home and in your doctor’s office. To learn more about the genital warts vaccine, read this article.
- Apple cider vinegar
It can be used to both identify genital warts as well as to treat them. If you have a growth that you suspect might be warts, it will turn white when you apply vinegar to it.
How it works: Vinegar contains acetic acid, which is corrosive and kills the tissue of the wart.
Cost: about $2.50 a bottle at your local store.
What to do: Clean the area and then apply the apple cider vinegar using a cotton swab. Leave it on for about 10 minutes before washing it off. Do this three times per day, and the wart should be gone in about one week.
- Somxl cream
Somxl cream is a salicylic acid formula that you apply to the wart’s surface.
How it works: Salicylic acid is corrosive and kills the tissue of the wart, causing the wart to die and fall off.
Where to purchase: www.somxl-treatment.com
- Burning in your doctor’s office
You can go to your doctor and have him or her burn off your wart using a laser or a prescription-strength salicylic acid solution. You shouldn’t be embarrassed as millions of people have genital warts.
- Freezing off
Your doctor may also freeze your warts. If he or she does this, the wart will turn black and fall off of your body within a few days.
While genital warts may cause some initial embarrassment, most people only experience one outbreak during their lives. You can have sex when you have genital warts when you take appropriate precautions. You can also prevent genital warts and treat them either at home or in your doctor’s office. People can have very rich and rewarding sexual lives whether or not they have warts.