What Are Anal Warts:

Anal warts usually are caused by HPV. HPV is a virus and the warts is the outcome, however, remember that not every growth in the anal area is a anal warts caused by HPV.

It must be diagnosed by your medical doctor only. HPV is very common in sexually active men and women and can sometimes have serious health consequences. About 20 million Americans are currently infected, and about 5.5 million people become newly infected each year.

The virus can infect the Anal genital skin and the linings of the vagina, cervix, rectum, and urethra. They come in different shapes and color.  Typically they present like cauliflower growth scattered around randomly, however, it comes in different look that could mimic other skin presentation. For Example: they could look like mole , skin tag, cyst, keratosis, etc.

They come in different shape such as raised, flat, big and small. Many patient have these growth for months and years and they might not even know it. This become alarming when patients see multiple lesion and start thinking that they are facing ongoing and spreading disease before seeking medical attention.Many lesion in anal area  could be easily mistaken by anal warts.

How We Get Anal Warts

I always tell my patients untreated genital warts has a big chance to infect the anal area. I have seen so many hetropsexual patients in my practice over years with anal warts and almost every single time patient point  following concern:

“I am straight and i have never had anal sex “

You don’t have to have anal intercourse although anal intercourse increase your chance of infection. In female anatomy,  vaginal opening is in close proximity to anus, so male genital  could be in close contact of perianal area in intercourse.

Needless to say, treat your genital warts before extending to anal area. Anal warts has more complication and symptom than genital warts  and it is harder to treat them.






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