No person in their right mind would ever like to be diagnosed with genital warts, as they can be the cause for great discomfort, not only because their treatment is not always easy, but also since it is almost impossible to get rid of their underlying cause, the human papillomavirus (HPV). Nevertheless, knowledge is power; it is important to learn how you can avoid contracting or transmitting genital warts, as well as how to have them treated if you ever have an outbreak, and how to prevent future outbreaks. Living with genital warts may not be as easy as living without them, but there’s a lot you can do to minimize their effect on your life.
The importance of medical attention
Usually, you will not know you have contracted HPV until you notice warts appearing in the area of your genitals or until you are tested positive during a regular checkup for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If you notice any of that or if you have reason to believe that you have been exposed to the virus, it is of utmost importance to receive expert medical attention immediately, and not to wait until matters get worse. If your doctor affirms that you have a case of HPV, follow his recommendations to resolve the matter.
Taking precautions in your sex life is of utmost importance when you are living with genital warts. After all, safe sex is not only a matter of avoiding undesired pregnancies, but also of avoiding STDs. If you are experiencing an outbreak of genital warts, is important to abstain from any sexual activity until the matter is resolved and your doctor clears you to reengage in sexual activity. Furthermore, it is important to use a condom at all times, and this includes oral and anal sex. While it may not shield you or your partner completely from the transmission of HPV, it is the best form of protection you will ever be able to get.
Take good care of your immune system
The severity of genital wart outbreaks depends on the ability of your immune system to deal with the HPV in an efficient manner. If you follow a healthy lifestyle and ensure your immune system is in full working order, outbreaks will be kept to a minimum and your body will mostly be able to take care of them on its own, minimizing the need for invasive external intervention.
On the whole, living with genital warts may at times require some extra sacrifices and precautions, but it is definitely not the end of the world and can be dealt with if proper measures are taken. If you simply follow the guidelines above, you can turn living with genital warts into pretty much a non-issue.