Genital Warts Caused By HPV
Genital warts are one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. This condition is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than a hundred types of HPV virus, but not all of them cause genital warts. Only about 40 types are transmitted through sexual contact. And about 90 percent of cases of genital warts are caused by HPV types 6 and 11. After entering the body, the HPV virus will stay in the cell and multiply. After that, the virus will come out of the host cell and attack other healthy cells.
The vulnerability of a person to contracting genital warts is usually supported by several risk factors, such as having sex with different people without wearing a condom, having relationships with someone whose sexual life history is unknown, and sexually active from an early age. In addition, a person is also more vulnerable to genital warts if previously had suffered other sexually transmitted diseases.
The use of condoms can be a minimal step to protect us from genital warts, although these contraceptives do not completely cover the skin of the genital area.
The genital wart virus can not be transmitted through any hugs, kisses, or certain intermediate media, such as dinnerware, towels, or toilet paper. The virus can only be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact during intercourse, including anal sex, oral sex or sharing sex toys. Although there is no sexual penetration, the touch of sex between the skin remains at risk of transmitting the virus.
Although very rare, the virus can also be contagious when the hand of a genital wart patient touches the genital area itself then touches the genital area of the partner. In addition, a mother can also transmit the genital wart virus to her baby during labor. Just as through hands, such cases are also rare.
Do not underestimate genital warts disease because this condition is the main cause of cervical cancer in women.