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HPV/Genital Warts Health Center

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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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Understanding Trichomoniasis -- Symptoms

If you're a woman, you may have no symptoms at all, or you may experience: A greenish yellow, frothy vaginal discharge with a pronounced odor Vaginal itching or irritation Painful intercourse Discomfort during urination Vaginal bleeding Pain in the lower abdomen If you're a man, you'll probably have no symptoms, or you may experience some penile irritation, discomfort when urinating, or discharge.

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    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
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