Perianal Warts (aka Peri-Anal Warts, Condyloma Acuminata) are flesh colored, cauliflower like growths in and around the anus that is caused by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus).
How do I know I have it?
Frequently, people only find out they have Perianal Warts if it starts to bleed especially after wiping with toilet paper.
Or if their partner notices it and informs them.
You will be able to feel the growths with your fingers or see them with a mirror.
Perianal Warts do not cause any pain or itch.
How can I catch it?
Perianal Warts is caused by HPV. You can catch HPV by having unprotected anal sex with a partner who is infected with HPV.
HPV often causes no symptoms so you can catch HPV from your partner even if he appears completely well.Click here to learn about Warts on other parts of the body Symptoms of other STDs you can catch from Anal Sex
If I have Perianal Warts can I pass it to my partner?
Yes. If you have Perianal Warts, you can pass it to your partner by having unprotected anal sex.
If your partner develops penile warts after having anal sex with you, you should have yourself checked for Perianal Warts.
How do I check for Perianal Warts?
You will be able to see flesh colored, cauliflower like growths around the anus. However, other things such as skin tags can look like Perianal Warts to the untrained eye.
See our Doctors. We will be able to determine if you truly have Perianal Warts. We might need to take a sample of the growth and send it to the lab for confirmation.Click here to learn more about HPV
How is Perianal Warts treated?
There are many treatments available for Perianal Warts.
Aldara Cream (Imiquinod) has been found to be effective against Perianal Warts. The cream is applied onto the warts 3 to 4 times a week and left for 8 hours. It usually takes more than 6 weeks of application to fully eradicate the Perinal Warts. If too much cream is applied it can cause redness and even blistering of the surrounding skin.
We can freeze the Perinal Warts off with a special device. You might need more than 1 session of freezing to fully eradicate the Perianal Warts.
We can laser the Perianal Warts off. Most times a single session of laser treatment is enough to fully eradicate the Perianal Warts.
How can I protect myself from Perianal Warts?
Always use a condom when having anal sex. That said, condoms only provide 30% protection against HPV infection.
There are vaccines available for both Men and Women that can protect you against HPV that causes Perianal Warts. Speak to our Doctors for more details.Click here to learn more about the HPV vaccine
Are there any other diseases associated with Perianal Warts?
Yes. Perianal Warts are caused by HPV. Certain strains of HPV can cause cancer of the anus.
When treating your Perianal Warts please also speak to our Doctors about checking for HPV and anal cancer.
Are there other STDs associated with Perianal Warts?
Yes. Perianal Warts can be associated with Rectal Gonorrhea.Click here for HIV Testing FAQ
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