Girls aged between 12- and 13-years-old are offered the HPV vaccine as a matter of course, but you can also get the vaccination via a private clinic. The vaccine protects against the two HPV types that cause 90% of all cases of genital warts.
Always use condoms when you have vaginal or anal intercourse, as they can reduce the risk of genital warts. Condoms are not as effective against HPV as they are against other infections such as chlamydia and HIV, but they greatly reduce the risk of infection. Use condoms, dental dams or plastic wrap during oral sex to further reduce your risk of contracting HPV via contact.
Smokers may be more likely to develop genital warts than non-smokers. Genital warts last longer in smokers and are also more likely to recur in those who smoke.