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    Genital Warts (Human Papillomavirus) - What Increases Your Risk

    Things that increase a person's risk for getting a sexually transmitted infection, such as HPV and genital warts, include:

    • Having multiple sex partners.
    • Having high-risk partner(s) (partner has multiple sex partners or HPV-infected sex partners).
    • Having unprotected sexual contact (not using condoms).
    • Having an impaired immune system.

    If you have a high-risk type of HPV and are using birth control pills for more than 5 years, research suggests that this can increase your risk of getting cervical cancer.2 More research is needed. For more information, see the topic Cervical Cancer.

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    Vaginal Infections and Vaginitis

    Most women have been there. You're distracted and squirming in your chair because it doesn't feel right down there. Perhaps there's a smell that's a little, well, funkier, than usual. You want to do something to make it stop, now. Although it can be darned uncomfortable, it's not the end of the world. You could have an infection caused by bacteria, yeast, or viruses. Chemicals in soaps, sprays, or even clothing that come in contact with this area could be irritating the delicate skin and tissues...

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    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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