Genital warts are caused by a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) called HPV. You get warts through skin contact with someone infected with specific HPV strains, so even if you do not have full sex, if your genitals touch someone else's genitals you are at risk. Condoms provide some protection. HPV can sometimes be invisible so you cant know who is infected. ThereĀ“s no cure for the HPV virus but warts can be treated. Get treated early before they grow big. Some HPV strains cause cervical cancer. There are vaccines against some strains of HPV-particularly some strains associated with cervical, oral, anal, vulval, vaginal cancers. Have regular pap smears.

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