what is the diffrence between genital herpes and genital warts?

by Rachel on October 13, 2011

what is the diffrence between genital herpes and genital warts? do genital warts effect u in any way like the herpes? do warts come back like herpes?

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Boyz Madison October 13, 2011 at 5:06 am

genital warts show up, don’t go away, and tend to spread into more warts.

herpes starts as a tingling feeling, appears as a teeny cluster of blisters or a single teeny blister, heals over with a scab, and goes away after a few days. when it’s gone, you wouldn’t think you had anything at all. but it might come back on a regular or irregular basis, usually in exactly the same place, but not always.

each is caused by different agents, and the symptoms are also very unique.

both can be passed onto sexual partners. even when the herpes blisters aren’t present, the virus can potentially be passed along.

B.J. C October 13, 2011 at 5:21 am

Genital Warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) while genital herpes is caused by the Herpes simplex virus (HSV)1 and 2.

Genital warts typically present with multiple, asymmetric, and polymorphic (differently staged) growths in the genital/anal area. Genital warts (external) often have a high persistence/recurrence rate, but more than 90% of patients with external genital warts experience “clearance” of HPV from the body within 2 years (with or without treatment), however the disappearance of warts is not necessarily a sign of HPV infection eradication. It is possible that genital warts can spread to other areas from the initial infection (occurs 20-30% of patients) and can reappear post treatment

There are a variety of treatments available including: Imiquimod, podophyllotoxin, cryotherapy, and podophyllin that have all been shown to be effective.

Genital Herpes occurs as a cluster of (often painful) fluid filled “blisters” that appear on a background of skin that is reddish or slightly inflamed. Outbreaks of herpes after the initial outbreak is common in a person with HSV (1or2) and may be associated with the menstrual cycle, emotional stress, illness (especially with fever), sexual intercourse, surgery, and certain medications….these are called trigger factors. The number/frequency of outbreaks that a person develops varies tremendously with each individual, however in the majority of cases, outbreaks slowly decrease over time (years) no matter how bad the first outbreak was.
People with HSV-1 and HSV-2 can transmit the infection at any time regardless of whether they are experiencing an outbreak. There is medicine available that can decrease the amount of lesions and the risk of transmission (valacyclovir, famciclovir, or acyclovir have all been proven to be effective (at various doses).

Hope this helps

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