Genital warts are by far one of the most common types of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) there are, and there is no cure-but genital warts can be treated. It should be noted that genital warts can exist without symptoms. This means that you can pass on the virus to someone else without even knowing it. Be sure to communicate with your partner about any STD you may have, and to get yourself checked out by a doctor from time to time.
Treatment can remove the visible warts but can not eradicate the virus. The type of treatment depends upon the location and size of the genital warts and treatment options should be discussed with a physician.
Those options include the following: In cryotherapy, applying liquid nitrogen or dry ice once in a week freezes warts. This treatment should continue for several weeks under a doctor's supervision. In electrodessication, electric current is used to destroy the warts. Laser treatment physically destroys the virus (HPV).
Several medications are available to treat genital warts. Condylline imiquimod is applied as cream as is Efudex. Surgery is the most effective treatment for genital warts and has the highest success rate-between 60 to 90 percent. To less transmission of the disease, to sexual partner never touch or squeeze the warts.
Most treatments destroy the infected cells but they do not remove the virus. Therefore, the virus remains in the skin and may return after the treatment. That is why proper precaution must be taken to avoid further growth of the virus.