Are genital warts and genital herpes different diseases?

by Rachel on October 5, 2011

Also if genital warts have been left unknown and untreated for possibly a year, is this really bad, will they be harder to treat or have more likely caused something like cervical problems/cancer.

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Lindsey October 5, 2011 at 8:12 am

i believe hpv and herpes are cause by a virus but are different diseases. warts can apparetnly be burnt off or treated with medication, but if left untreated some strains can cause cervical cancer. herpes lies dormant in the spinal column and it takes some stress on your immune system, allergic reactions, or intollerences to foods to bring on an outbreak. herpes comes in the form of either fluid filled white blisters or open sores called lesions both of which are painful and itchy i beleive that hpv is less painful but stil itchy. if u want to know more look them up on mayclinic.com.

rend October 5, 2011 at 8:27 am

Ok, genital warts are the known as Human Paplona Virus and herpes are Herpes Simplex Virus (1 or 2 depending on the kind; genital is 2.)

Genital warts are small usually non-painful bumps that are hard, while herpes are sores that occur every now and then (and sometimes never) which start as bumps, open up into cuts, and then heal and disappear.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men have genital warts (and I believe the statistics are almost identical for herpes) and the majority of those people do not even know they have them. In fact, most doctors do not even test for herpes because the virus is usually undetectible by tests unless a sore is present.

There are so many different kinds of warts. Usually, HPV (which is the name of the virus that causes warts) is NOT the same kind of HPV that causes cancer. However, you can have the HPV that causes warts AND the kind that causes cancer. Many people live healthy lives never even knowing they have any kind of HPV.

If you have the kind of HPV that causes cancer, you may not know it, and therefore not testing for it or treating it can put a person at higher risk of it becoming untreatable.

However, cervical cancer is not very deadly because it is very easy to catch and treat.

If this has anything to do with you, I recommend getting a pap smear. Planned Parenthood does these at low prices and you can find them in any state. The people are also very nice and will answer ansy questions you have without passing judgement.

When you go in for a pap smear, they will automatically test for abnormal cells that can be affected by genital warts or anything else. Also, if you visible warts, you can get medicine to put on them and if they are inside you, you can get treatment or info on how to treat them.

It’s best to go to the doctor and don’t be afraid! I was so scared when I first went, and I tested positive for both HPV and herpes and going has made me healthier and has given me all this information to live a healthy life.

You’ll feel a million times better if you go!

Good luck and email me if you have more questions!

Sandy S October 5, 2011 at 8:51 am

wow ok some of these answers are long but here is the answer in a nutshell. warts and herpes are caused by the same STD (HPV) but they are different strands of it. some strands give you herpes others give you warts. if warts are left untreated they could spread to other areas of the body so get treated!!!!! the HPV strands that cause warts are not the same strands that cause cervical cancer so don’t worry. (there are three different main strands of HPV; some cause warts, some cause herpes and others could cause cervical cancer) by the way it is possible to have more than one strand of HPV, if you suspect something get tested for the strands that cause cancer.(pap smear or biopsy) really important!!!

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