Articles on: Genital Warts

How can I prevent genital warts?

While it is not always possible to prevent the transmission of HPV, there are certain steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing genital warts:

Practice safe sex: using a barrier method of contraception, such as a condom, can reduce the risk of transmitting HPV during sexual activity. However, it is important to note that condoms do not provide complete protection against HPV, as the virus can still be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.

Limit sexual partners: the more sexual partners you have, the greater your risk of being exposed to HPV. Limiting your number of sexual partners and choosing partners who have had fewer sexual partners themselves can help reduce your risk.

Get regular Pap smears: pap smear tests can detect abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix that may be caused by HPV. Women should begin getting regular Pap tests at age 21, or earlier if they have started having sex.

Please note that Contro does not offer Pap smears - please visit your primary GP or gynaecologist.

Be aware of your partner's sexual history: knowing your partner's sexual history and whether they have had any STIs can help you make informed decisions about your sexual health. It is important to have open and honest conversations with your partner about sexual health and to practice safe sex together.

Medication and treatment: prescription medication prescribed by medical practitioners can assist with symptoms of genital warts and can reduce the severity of outbreaks.

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Updated on: 21/02/2024

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