Understanding Genital Warts

Understanding Genital Warts

Overview

Genital Warts (Condyloma) is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It has been estimated that there are more cases of genital HPV infection than any other STD.

The number of Genital Warts cases worldwide is staggering! Approximately 5.5 million new cases of are reported every year in the United States alone, with over 20 million people infected at any given time.

Genital Warts are different from warts appearing on the hands and feet. The virus which causes Genital Warts may produce wart-like bumps or small, flesh-colored, flat or cauliflower-like bumps. They may appear on the penis, in and around the vagina, on the cervix, around the anus, even on the mouth.

In women, Genital Warts may grow on the vulva and perineal area, in the vagina and on the cervix. Genital Warts vary in size and may be so small that you can't see them. Genital Warts can lead to cancer of the cervix in women.

In men, Genital Warts can grow on the penis, near the anus, or between the penis and the scrotum. Genital Warts can cause cancer of the penis in men.

Genital Warts, as with any STD, should be taken very seriously.

Transmission of Genital Warts

The virus causing Genital Warts is passed between people during vaginal, anal and oral sex.

Many people carry the wart virus on their penis, in and around the vagina, or in and around the anus/rectum. Only a small number of these people develop warts that can be seen. It is passed with skin-to-skin contact during anal or vaginal sex. The virus is very common in adults who are sexually active.

The most common way to get HPV is by having oral, vaginal or anal sex with someone who has HPV. Just because you can't see Genital Warts on your partner doesn't mean he or she doesn't have them. Months or even years can pass between the time an infection is transmitted and the time a person notices symptoms.

In women, Genital Warts may be where you can't see them--inside the body, on the surface of the cervix.

If you fear that you may have contracted Genital Warts, check yourself often for signs of actual warts; these can be treated.

To protect yourself to an extent, use condoms (rubbers) every time you have sex. Condoms, however, won’t necessarily cover all of the infection.

Treatment

Genital Warts can grow if you do not get them treated. If you are sexually active, you also risk infecting your partner. In addition, if left untreated, Genital Warts may cause cancer.

Prior to the advent of PHOTOTHERAPY, there was no medical option that could both stop an outbreak of Genital Warts and prevent subsequent outbreaks.

There is no prescription medicine that will cure Genital Warts. Some medicines may help, including imiquimod (brand name: ALDARA) and podofilox (brand name: CONDYLOX).

Shedding Light on the Solution for Genital Warts…PHOTOTHERAPY

PHOTOTHERAPY is not a prescription medicine; no pills to swallow, no side effects to endure. It is a remarkably effective treatment that utilized a unique combination of light energy and an activating solution.

With PHOTOTHERAPY you can physically see the treatment progress as it isolates and kills the Genital Warts virus.

When an external Genital Wart is opened, the PHOTOTHERAPY solution applied, and the area exposed to the IMULUX light, the Genital Warts virus will react within a few seconds to the light bombardment.

The infected area will actually begin to fluoresce (glow brightly). You may feel a tingling sensation and, at the same time, pain will begin to subside. The exposed area provides a passageway for the Genital Warts virus itself to be attacked by PHOTOTHERAPY.

The treatment process for Genital Warts requires 3 treatments of 20-30 minutes each. The pain relief comes after the first treatment. After the three treatments, only a small scab may remain, which quickly disappears.

It is possible that your Genital Warts may begin to disappear after the first treatment, but to prevent future outbreaks, we highly recommend that you complete all 3 treatments of your PHOTOTHERAPY treatment process, each separated by 72 hours. Everything you need to complete the 3 treatments is included in your PHOTOTHERAPY Genital Warts Kit.

While other remedies may offer temporary relief of Genital Warts, only PHOTOTHERAPY also suppresses future outbreaks. Do not leave your Genital Warts (HPV) go untreated or treated by inferior methods that cannot guarantee suppression of future outbreaks. Order PHOTOTHERAPY today!

Note: If the infected area does not fluoresce, the condition is other than Genital Warts, which may not be successfully treatable by PHOTOTHERAPY. If so, simply return the product for a prompt and full refund. See the iron-clad

 

The IMULUX treatment is the only Genital Warts (HPV) remedy on the market to use activated photon-lending substances without harmful side effects. By training the IMULUX light on the accompanying treatment solution, the pure photon energy it releases upon illumination of the solution immediately relieves any pain and begins healing the outbreak.

WHAT IS HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS?

Human papilloma virus (HPV) is one of the most common causes of sexually transmitted infection (STD) in the world. More than 100 different types of HPV exist, most of which are harmless. About 30 types are spread through sexual contact.

Some types of HPV cause Genital Warts—single or multiple bumps that appear in the genital areas of men and women including the vagina, cervix, vulva (area outside of the vagina), penis, and rectum. Many people infected with HPV have no symptoms.

There are high-risk and low-risk types of HPV. High-risk HPV may cause abnormal Pap smear results, and could lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, or penis. Low-risk HPV also may cause abnormal Pap results or Genital Warts.

Health experts estimate there are more cases of genital HPV infection than any other STI in the United States. According to the American Social Health Association, approximately 5.5 million new cases of sexually transmitted HPV infections are reported every year. At least 20 million people in this country are already infected.

WHAT ARE GENITAL WARTS?

Genital Warts (sometimes called condylomata acuminata or venereal warts) are the most easily recognized sign of genital HPV infection. Many people, however, have a genital HPV infection without Genital Warts.

Genital Warts are soft, moist, or flesh colored and appear in the genital area within weeks or months after infection. They sometimes appear in clusters that resemble cauliflower-like bumps, and are either raised or flat, small or large. Genital Warts can show up in women on the vulva and cervix, and inside and surrounding the vagina and anus. In men, Genital Warts can appear on the scrotum or penis. There are cases where Genital Warts have been found on the thigh and groin.

CAN HPV CAUSE OTHER KINDS OF WARTS?

Some types of HPV cause common skin warts, such as those found on the hands and soles of the feet. These types of HPV do not cause Genital Warts.

HOW ARE GENITAL WARTS SPREAD?

Genital Warts are very contagious and are spread during oral, vaginal, or anal sex with an infected partner. They are transmitted by skin-to-skin contact during vaginal, anal, or (rarely) oral sex with someone who is infected. About two-thirds of people who have sexual contact with a partner with Genital Warts will develop warts, usually within 3 months of contact.

In women, the warts occur on the outside and inside of the vagina, on the opening to the uterus (cervix), or around the anus.

In men, Genital Warts are less common. If present, they usually are seen on the tip of the penis. They also may be found on the shaft of the penis, on the scrotum, or around the anus.

Rarely, Genital Warts also can develop in your mouth or throat if you have oral sex with an infected person.

Like many STIs, genital HPV infections often do not have signs and symptoms that can be seen or felt. One study sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) reported that almost half of women infected with HPV had no obvious symptoms. If you are infected but have no symptoms, you can still spread HPV to your sexual partner and/or develop complications from the virus.

HOW ARE HPV AND GENITAL WARTS DIAGNOSED?

Your health care provider usually diagnoses Genital Warts by seeing them. If you are a woman with Genital Warts, you also should be examined for possible HPV infection of the cervix.

Your provider may be able to identify some otherwise invisible warts in your genital tissue by applying vinegar (acetic acid) to areas of your body that might be infected. This solution causes infected areas to whiten, which makes them more visible. In some cases, a health care provider will take a small piece of tissue from the cervix and examine it under the microscope.

If you have an abnormal Pap smear result, it may indicate the possible presence of cervical HPV infection. A laboratory worker will examine cells scraped from your cervix under a microscope to see if they are cancerous.

HOW ARE HPV AND GENITAL WARTS TREATED?

HPV has no known cure. There are treatments for Genital Warts, though they often disappear even without treatment. There is no way to predict whether the warts will grow or disappear. Therefore, if you suspect you have Genital Warts, you should be examined and treated, if necessary.

Depending on factors such as the size and location of your Genital Warts, your health care provider will offer you one of several ways to treat them.

If you are pregnant, you should not use podophyllin or podofilox because they are absorbed by your skin and may cause birth defects in your baby. In addition, you should not use 5-fluorouracil cream if you are expecting.

If you have small warts, your health care provider can remove them by one of three methods.

If you have large warts that have not responded to other treatment, you may have to have surgery to remove them.

Some health care providers use the antiviral drug alpha interferon, which they inject directly into the warts, to treat warts that have returned after removal by traditional means. The drug is expensive, however, and does not reduce the rate that the Genital Warts return.

Although treatments can get rid of the warts, none get rid of the virus. Because the virus is still present in your body, warts often come back after treatment.

HOW CAN HPV INFECTION BE PREVENTED?

The only way you can prevent getting an HPV infection is to avoid direct contact with the virus, which is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. If you or your sexual partner has warts that are visible in the genital area, you should avoid any sexual contact until the warts are treated.

Research studies have not confirmed that male latex condoms prevent transmission of HPV, but studies do suggest that using condoms may reduce your risk of developing diseases linked to HPV, such as Genital Warts and cervical cancer. Unfortunately, many people who don’t have symptoms don’t know that they can spread the virus to an uninfected partner.

POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS OF HPV AND GENITAL WARTS

Cancer

Some types of HPV can cause cervical cancer. Other types are associated with vulvar cancer, anal cancer, and cancer of the penis (a rare cancer).

Most HPV infections do not progress to cervical cancer. If you are a woman with abnormal cervical cells, a Pap test will detect them. If you have abnormal cervical cells, it is particularly important for you to have regular pelvic exams and Pap tests so you can be treated early, if necessary.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Genital Warts may cause a number of problems during pregnancy. Sometimes they get larger during pregnancy, making it difficult to urinate. If the warts are in the vagina, they can make the vagina less elastic and cause obstruction during delivery.

Rarely, infants born to women with Genital Warts develop warts in their throats (laryngeal papillomatosis). Although uncommon, it is a potentially life-threatening condition for the child, requiring frequent laser surgery to prevent obstruction of the breathing passages. Research on the use of interferon therapy with laser surgery indicates that this drug may show promise in slowing the course of the disease.

RESEARCH

Scientists are doing research on two types of HPV vaccines. One type would be used to prevent infection or disease (warts or pre-cancerous tissue changes). The other type would be used to treat cervical cancers. Researchers are testing both types of vaccines in people.