The most common STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) here in the UK is Genital Warts. They originate from the Human Papilloma Virus, commonly referred to as HPV. The infection is passed on during sexual contact with an infected person.
It many cases this infection does not always produce symptoms. In other words you could carry the infection, which you can pass on to others, without actually developing any warts yourself.
Where you can be tested for Genital Warts
If you suspect that you may have been infected with HPV (whether or not you are displaying symptoms), you should be tested. Testing for Genital Warts can be carried out by your GP; by a sexual health clinic or GUM clinic, or if you live and/or work in London, you can take advantage of the walk-in test facility we offer at our STI clinic here at Broadgate GP clinic London Wall.
The symptoms of Genital Warts
The majority of people who are infected with Genital Warts do not display any symptoms. Symptoms, when they do manifest themselves, are in the form of small, visible warts, which can appear weeks, months, or sometimes even years after the primary infection.
When the warts do appear, it is usually on and/or around the genitals and/or anus. They appear like small fleshy protrusions. They can manifest themselves either singly, or in clusters when their appearance is sometimes likened to tiny cauliflowers.
Treating Genital Warts
The type of treatment for Genital Warts all depends on the type of warts that you have, and where about on your body they have appeared. If no warts are in evidence, no treatment is called for. The two most common forms of treatments are:
- Topical treatments (creams and lotions) – these are used when the warts are of a softer nature
- Medical procedures – removal by freezing, heating, or physical ablation. These procedures are used when warts are harder and more rough to the touch.
In some instances, a combination of treatments may be called for.
In some people, Genital Warts are quite stubborn to remove completely in which case treatment must be prolonged.
Walk-in treatment for Genital Warts in London via Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
If you live and/or work in London, you can get appropriate treatment for Genital Warts from the convenient, walk-in STI clinic at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall.