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Q: Hello, I read M.N. all the time and I am excited about this new Column. I am a 24-year-old African American college student and just recently I was told from a doctor that I have genital warts. There is a lot of information on HPV and cervical cancer but can you give some information on HPV and the other strands that cause genital warts.
A: I actually have already discussed HPV in detail in a previous article on Madame Noire, so I will just focus on strands that cause genital warts here. In general, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a family of viruses that look similar to each other. There are a total of 40 types and HPV types 6 and 11 are the ones that cause genital warts.
Having new sexual partners or a higher history of sexual partners increases your chances of getting genital warts. Both medical and surgical options are available as treatment, and though there is no guarantee that the HPV infection will be cleared through these treatments, most HPV-related genital warts are cleared within two years.
Disclaimer: The information contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion between you and your physician. Please consult your physician for further information in regards to your own general care. And always remember, knowledge is power! Be informed.
Dr. Mercy Edionwe is a physician specializing in internal medicine. She earned her medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and afterwards, completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. During her free time, she loves to write and educate the public on medical issues. She currently resides in Texas. You can follow her on Twitter at @fuchsiamd.
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