Genital Herpes & Genital Warts

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    Dec 04, 2007 7:00 PM GMT
    Genital warts are contagious, treatable, will not kill you, and for all intensive purposes can be "cured." The warts will appear as one or more painless, soft, fleshy growths. They are spread by sexual contact (genital-to-genital) with an infected partner and are very contagious. To prevent ease of contraction or spreading once obtained, you should keep your genital and rectal area clean and dry. When increased perspiration is anticipated (sweating), apply baby powder to your groin and rectal area. A warm and moist environment in the genital area seems to favor wart growth. If you have sexual contact with a partner that has genital warts, you have a 75% chance of being infected with symptoms appearing within three months. No single treatment is effective in eliminating warts and preventing them from coming back. However, if the warts are removed, the "cure" rates can be up to 91%.

    Genital herpes is contagious and treatable, but there is no cure. It will not kill you, but you may be taking medicine for the rest of your life to control outbreaks and reduce risks of spreading the virus.
    There are two types of Herpes Simplex Viruses, type-1 (HSV-1) and type-2 (HSV-2). Most genital herpes is caused by HSV-2. HSV-1 can cause genital herpes, but it more commonly causes infections of the mouth and lips ("fever blisters"); almost everyone has HSV-1 to a degree. HSV-1 infection of the genitals can be caused by oral-genital or genital-genital contact with a person who has HSV-1 infection. Genital HSV-1 outbreaks recur less regularly than genital HSV-2 outbreaks (which is the “worse” of the two).
    Genital herpes can be spread even if the infected partner does not show signs/symptoms or have knowledge that he has herpes. Condoms are little protection against herpes because the virus populates on and around the entire genital area. As many as 80% of those infected do not know they have herpes because they show no symptoms; however, they unknowingly spread the virus.
    If there are to be outward signs of herpes on you, they tend to develop within 3-7 days of skin-to-skin contact from the affected area with an infected person. When signs do occur, they typically appear at the site of infection as one or more painful bumps or “blisters” on or around the genitals or rectum. A tingling or itching in the development site is often a precursor to an outbreak. The sores usually start as one or more groups (clusters) of tiny clear or white blisters with a red base. After the blister(s) break, it will form a pink or red tender ulcer (sore) that will be slow to heal (two-to-four weeks).
    During an outbreak, it is critical to not have skin-to-skin contact from the infected area with another person. Although this unique virus can spread without outward signs (blisters), it is highly contagious during a visible outbreak. During a visible outbreak, you can even spread the outbreak to other nearby areas on your own body; so, be cautious touching yourself in the affected area (wash your hands with soap), keep the area clean, change your underwear and bath towel daily.
    Once you have the virus, there is no firm data on what will consistently trigger an outbreak. Typically, contributors can be stress, fatigue, sunburn, physical trauma, and sexual activity.
    A HSV infection can be difficult to diagnose between outbreaks; however, there are blood tests that usually detect the infection. If you are sexually active, you should request the tests (HSV-1 and HSV-2) during your yearly physical (which everyone at any age should have).
    As stated, unlike many other STDs that are curable, herpes is a life-long problem that cannot be cured. Typically, an infected person will have one-to-eight outbreaks every year. Although the virus will stay in your body forever, the number of outbreaks tends to decrease as the years pass. There are medications (pills) like once-a-day Valtrex that has success in reducing the frequency of outbreaks and speed recovery/healing.
    If you obtain genital herpes, you may experience a range of emotions; guilt, embarrassment, or you may feel like your sex-life has been ruined forever. Those feelings are normal, and also know that you are one of millions of people (one in four) who have herpes and live active lives by overcoming the psychological baggage. They manage the problem, instead of vice-versa.
    Because of the permanent significance of the problem, if you contract herpes it is your responsibility to be a MAN and inform your past sex partner(s) of your development so that they may recognize potential symptoms. It will not be pleasant to communicate the fact, but it is your responsibility on a human-level; you MUST tell them. And remember, you will be judged by how you treat others…so treat others how you would want to be treated
    OK, education time is over; however, as a personal opinion, I believe that we should all enjoy life and LIVE! Yes, play and enjoy your body and time on this earth. That does NOT mean to act sexually without responsibility or reason, but enjoy yourself! If you are active, you should mentally prepare yourself that you will get an STD; it's just gonna happen! Hope that it is a "curable" STD, and always take precautions to reduce risks. Again, reduce/eliminate risks.
    Should you any questions or concerns regarding an STD, please send me a message and I will reply confidentially. It is ridiculous that anyone should go around in fear or wonder about something they are concerned to discuss. I will be glad to provide confidential up-front information.
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    Dec 05, 2007 12:09 AM GMT
    As you probably know from all of the television commercials, there is now a vaccine against Human Papilloma Virus, which is the cause of genital warts. The vaccine prevents 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts infections. So far, it is only available for women under the age of 26, because that is the only group in which it has been tested.

    It ought to be available for men in a year or two.

    In the meanwhile, infection rates among gay men are something like 57%. If you're "hooking up," it's a good idea to come up with some sort of pretense to flip the guy over and inspect his goods before touching them.
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    Dec 05, 2007 1:57 AM GMT
    but not much to check for herpes
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    May 27, 2010 8:44 PM GMT
    scary thing in my clinic they said, herpes is the most common std because you hardly outbreak and you "think it's just a sweat pimple". they said 80 percent of gay men already have it. the only way to know is a blood test.

    i never had a cold sore on my lips so i couldnt imagine one down there but they say its the most common of all sti's.
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    May 27, 2010 8:50 PM GMT
    KARATE1974 saidscary thing in my clinic they said, herpes is the most common std because you hardly outbreak and you "think it's just a sweat pimple". they said 80 percent of gay men already have it. the only way to know is a blood test.

    i never had a cold sore on my lips so i couldnt imagine one down there but they say its the most common of all sti's.




    I though I had gotten it once I was crying for weeks and then I got the results back and I'm Clean icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 27, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
    Well Gardisal is actually not as effective as all that - but it DOES work. atm Young Men CAN get a Gardisal shot but the results have not been properly tested.

    There's a lot of good info on this stuff - and a lot of really REALLY wrong information. Unfortunately this is still very new and has been researched very little. Most sexually active men and women with more than one partner WILL have HPV at some point in their lives, but the majority of them will never develop symptoms and never even know. You can get HPV just from skin-to-skin contact. HPV only causes warts in a few strains (of hundreds).

    There's no "cure" but it can be treated and kept down until the body fights it off. My boyfriend is currently finishing off HPV treatment - it can be kinda painful and take a long time, but the general consensus is it only lasts for a maximum of two years (assuming you are not re-infected)

    Keep your immune system healthy and you'll more than likely have little problems with this, HPV can be fought off by a strong immune system with no added medicinal or surgical treatment.

    Good post Austin
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    Sep 01, 2010 5:03 PM GMT
    Is it possible to develop skin tags (or what may be warts) more than a year after unprotected anal sex? Or if it is warts, would they always appear within three months as the article states?

    I last had unprotected anal sex with someone other than my (current) boyfriend in April 2009. And only with two partners. but only in the last couple of months have I begun to experience what I "think" are hemmoroids or skin tags. I'm concerned now that in some way I may have "warts".

    I've always had fissures from time to time and also wonder if these are a result of that. Also, I've been lifting weights over the last 6 months and am thinking maybe i am developing some 'roids.

    I do plan to ask my doctor to take a peek tomorrow so maybe i'll know for sure. but just coming across this thread, thought I'd put some questions out there in the meantime.

    thanks!

  • owen19832006

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    Sep 01, 2010 5:15 PM GMT
    thanks for all this information! very useful
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    Sep 01, 2010 5:32 PM GMT
    Where did you get this information? I'm not sure if I'd trust a source that says "all intensive purposes". Doesn't seem very professional.
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    Dec 13, 2010 8:09 AM GMT
    How to Prevent a Genital Warts Outbreak: "Genital wart"
    This skin growth is caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and the virus lies dormant in the body and just waiting for the right trigger to flare up. Millions of people are affected by HPV and around 50% sexually active people are infected by the virus at some point in their lives. So it is important to know how to prevent genital warts outbreak.
    http://herpespicture.net/results/genital-warts
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    Dec 13, 2010 8:38 AM GMT
    ew.


    But thank you for this info!
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    Apr 03, 2011 9:21 AM GMT
    Hello,
    You can if it's on the out side of the genitals. Oral herpes and genital herpes are caused by the same herpes virus. But if it causes you any further irritation then stop using it.

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    Jun 23, 2011 12:47 AM GMT
    Just to put a little info, HPV can also cause genital warts. I knew it because I was infected before. I was so scared because I got infected but then I saw this www.zerowarts.com, and buy their product,just to give it a try, and I was happy and proud to say that I am now free from it!
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    Jun 23, 2011 12:48 AM GMT
    Im waiting for RICANjock to post a disgusting picture.
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    Aug 24, 2011 6:37 AM GMT
    HPV is what causes genital warts. In fact, all warts are caused by HPV. Different kinds of warts are caused by different strains of the virus.

    It is true that genital warts can be cured, as there are many treatments available for it. These include medical procedures (surgery, cryotherapy, cauterization, etc), topical treatments as well as home remedies. As much as I'd hate to admit it, I'd had genital warts in the past. I chose a topical treatment because the procedures I just mentioned are pricey and the costs are beyond my budget. Thankfully, Wartscide worked well for me.

    The reason there's no single cure that absolutely eliminates genital warts (or prevents them from coming back) is because there's no cure from HPV. The virus can remain in your system long after the genital warts are removed. Now, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that I'd be cleared of the virus soon, that it will go away on its own...