Genital & Anal Warts
Evaluation and Treatment of Genital / Anal Warts
High Resolution Anoscopy, or HRA, is a procedure that allows for examination and evaluation of the anal canal.
Using a small thin round tube called an anoscope, the anal canal is examined with a high resolution magnifying instrument called a colposcope.
Anogenital warts are small, skin-colored or pink growths that form on the vulva (the lips of the vagina), vagina, penis, or anus. They are caused by a HPV. Anogenital warts are often called just “genital warts” or “anal warts”.
The type of HPV that causes most forms of genital warts is not usually dangerous. But other types of HPV can lead to cancer of the cervix (a part inside the woman’s body), penis, or anus. Most people with genital warts have no symptoms (other than the warts). But some people have itching, burning, or tenderness.
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Other treatments to remove warts include:
- Cryotherapy, which uses a chemical to freeze warts
- Electrocautery, which uses electricity to burn away warts
- Traditional surgery, which involves cutting away warts
- Laser surgery, which uses light to destroy warts
You can also protect yourself by not having sex with anyone who is infected with HPV. But that is hard, because people do not always know that they have the virus. Condoms can help reduce the risk of infection, but they do not totally protect you. The virus can live on places on the skin not covered by a condom.
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