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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.

Recommended Related to Sexual Conditions

Understanding Female Sexual Problems -- Prevention

If you're a woman wanting to prevent sexual problems, avoid alcohol and recreational drugs that can lessen sexual desire or impair your sexual response. Keep existing medical conditions such as diabetes under control. Discuss side effects of medications with your doctor or pharmacist in case an alternative with fewer sexual effects is available. Relaxed, clear teaching to promote understanding of one's body and of sexual functioning, emphasizing the importance and normalcy of sexuality, is critical...

Read the Understanding Female Sexual Problems -- Prevention article > >

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: August 05, 2013
    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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