HPV infection and growth of condyloma is a difficult and traumatic experience for many men and women across the country and around the world. The bad feelings associated with the recognition that you have been infected by a sexually transmitted infection if obvious, and immediately carries thoughts such as, “I must have done something wrong”, “why wasn’t I more careful?”, “Am I going to have cancer now?”, etc. An infected person may feel that he or she is not appealing because of the genital warts, and may feel guilty about having sex knowing that the virus is contagious.
These thoughts often lead men and women to a state of depression, and one of the objectives of this website is to deter this situation.
As with any other disease, thoughts pop up, “why me?”, “what did I do wrong?” These thoughts are perfectly natural, and actually logical, as any person who doesn’t think this way after being infected by a sexually transmitted disease is probably irresponsible. Once you have got out of the shock of your first sexually transmitted disease (or not your first) I suggest you get out of shock, and learn the facts. At any point in time up to half of 19-25 year old Americans are infected with your STI, and 80% of Americans will be infected by HPV by age 50, so you are really not alone.
The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has been made famous recently especially due to the vaccine that was created for some of its strains, supposedly protecting the patient against cervical cancer. Most people are not aware of the genital warts that are sometimes associated with the Papilloma Virus. Sometimes there is a sense of a “media blackout” on the subject, and indeed awareness about Papilloma is far lower than that of AIDS and Syphilis, despite a much larger infection rate. There is a simple explanation for the media blackout – it is almost impossible to defend yourself from the virus. There is a vaccine, but it only protects against very certain strains of Papilloma. Infection with the virus happens with almost any friction of infected skin with uninfected skin, meaning that the only way to completely defend yourself from being infected is to completely abstain from a sex life. We don’t want that, right? This is also the place to answer the questions that came up – “why did this happen to me”? Well, it didn’t happen just to you. It happens to almost everyone at one point or another. What did you do wrong? Basically, nothing.
Then what should I do?
We recommend visiting a dermatologist and removing the Condyloma genital warts. You can see various treatments on this website. We also recommended having protected sex for the meantime, until you can see for sure that the warts aren’t coming back, but really – it’s not very significant, because if you’ve been having sex with a steady partner, he or she is sure to have been exposed to the virus, and if they have not developed symptoms, they probably are part of the 90% of the population that do not develop warts when they catch Papilloma.
If you are having casual sex, you should try to avoid friction of the genitals without a condom, and touching the partner’s genitalia after touching the infected skin.
The most important thing to remember is that the virus will be gone from the body with a year in most cases, and in two years for the vast majority. The good news is that once the virus is gone, you will be immune to the strain of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that you had for years, so there’s really no reason to feel depressed. However, it is still important to remove the warts, because the disappearance of the virus from the body does not cause the disappearance of old warts, but that no new warts will grow.
In conclusion, there’s no reason to feel down. Visit a dermatologist and get the warts removed. It happens to the best of us!