You've probably heard of sex addiction, but you might be surprised to know that there's debate about whether it's truly an addiction, and that it's not even all about sex.
"That's a common misconception," says Rory Reid, PhD, LCSW, a research psychologist at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. "It is no more about sex than an eating disorder is about food or pathological gambling is about money."
Sex addicts, in other words, are not simply people who crave lots of sex. Instead,...
Avoid sexual contact until you have been examined by a
child can get genital warts in several ways. Any child who has genital warts
needs to be evaluated by a doctor to find out the cause and to assess for
In rare cases, infants may
develop warts in the larynx (laryngeal papillomas), which is in the throat,
from exposure to HPV during birth.
A doctor should evaluate any warts or other
symptoms that suggest infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) or another
sexually transmitted infection (STI). Avoid sexual contact until you have been
examined. If you have an STI, avoid sexual contact to prevent spreading the
Sometimes, warts may go away on their own. If you have
genital warts, your doctor may observe your condition without using medical
treatment. This is called watchful waiting. This period may vary from a few
days to weeks or possibly months.
The length of the watchful
waiting period is based on:
The severity of your
The progression of the problem if not
The risks and benefits of waiting.
and medical history.
Who to see
In general, your family doctor or any of the following
health professionals can determine whether you have genital warts: