Sex is an enjoyable part of life, genital warts are not. Not to be confused with genital herpes, genital warts are one of the most common STI’s there is. You might have heard of the medical term or vaccination program for HPV at school – doctors call it the human papilloma virus, and believe it or not, but there are more than 100 different types of the virus.
It’s important to know that just because you don’t have a visible wart it doesn’t mean you’re not carrying the virus on your skin. The wart itself might even be inside your vagina, rectum or urethra or just around the genitals or anus – they also come in many shapes and sizes.
Again guys and gals, genital warts is another reason to practice safe sex and always use a condom – this STI is also spread by direct skin to skin contact during vaginal and anal sex.
As a gal, if your 12-13 years old, you might be able to get the vaccination for HPV at school, and for the guys aged 14-15 you too might be eligible. If not, make sure you ask your doctor or head down to your local family planning clinic – the vaccination works best if given before you are sexually active.
For more information on HPV, go to: http://hpv.health.gov.au/
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