Preventing Genital Warts

Anyone who has had genital warts understand just how irritating, painful, and embarrassing it can be to have them. Although only one in ten patients who are diagnosed with this condition actually have physical warts on the outside of their skin it is still something that can lower your immune system and be passed on to other people.

The best way to keep you and anyone you know safe from this condition is to know how to prevent it. There are various methods that you are able to use which will protect not just you – but any sexual partners that you have.

Vaccination

One of the more effective methods that you are able to use to prevent genital warts is to have the vaccination for HPV that might cause cervical cancer and also genital outbreaks. This is only for women and many doctors are recommending that they receive this vaccination at the age of 11 and before they become sexually active.

Women who are sexually active can have the vaccination as well to help prevent other strands from HPV. Make sure that you are aware of any side effects that might occur and remember that this vaccination does not help all women and may not fully protect them from genital warts.

One Partner

People who are sexually active and have more then one partner are putting themselves at a higher risk of contracting genital warts when compared to those who have just one partner. When you keep with a partner that you know does not have genital warts you are ensured that your immune system will be strong and that you will not have continuous outbreaks or being infected in the first place.

Safe Sex

It is important that any partner you have you practice safe sex with. Condoms are a great form of protection to use when you are having sex – but it is not 100% effective. Genital warts can be transmitted through oral sex. If you have been diagnosed with genital warts you must abstain from having sex until you have cured the infection.