Physician Diagnosis for Genital Warts

If you suspect that you have contracted genital warts, your best defense is to meet with a physician who is knowledgeable in the treatment of genital warts.

Your doctor may use more than one technique to confirm that you have genital warts.

  • A visual exam of your genitals
  • Using a magnifying instrument (colposcope) to see and identify warts
  • Sometimes it is necessary to obtain a small sample of tissue (biopsy) and look at this tissue under a microscope
  • For women a Pap smear may be in order to study for cell abnormalities

It is very possible to have more than one sexually transmitted disease STD such as syphilis, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, herpes and AIDS, so it’s recommended to be tested or screened for these.

Customized HPV Treatments and Choosing the Right Therapy

Several factors may influence your doctor’s choice of treatment. Questions that might be asked are:

  • Is this your first infection with genital warts?
  • Has current treatment failed to get rid of the warts?
  • Have the genital warts reappeared?

Frequent Follow-Up

  • Inspect your genitals and the surrounding areas regularly

Good Hygiene

It’s been proven that washing hands helps to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. The same is true for bathing when it comes to HPV infections. It’s important to bathe every day. Especially for women, the incidence of yeast infections increases as well as the risk for cervical cancer because of poor personal hygiene. Don’t share towels and make sure that towels are washed regularly.