You can reduce your risk of developing genital warts and spreading it to others by following these four simple tips.
Use a condom. Although condoms can't offer 100% protection against genital warts, they reduce your risk of becoming infected. Wear a condom during all types of sex (vaginal, anal and oral) and if you are sharing sex toys. Washing the toy and covering it with a new condom each time will help keep you and your partner free from infection.
Limit your number of sex partners. The more partners you have, the greater your chance of developing genital warts. It can take weeks or longer for warts to appear following infection so you and your partner my pass them on without realising.
Get tested regularly. Get tested every time you change partners and if you do test positive, try and contact everyone you've had sexual contact with. Even if you are in a stable relationship, it is recommended you get tested once a year. Here at raTrust, we can offer you various types of STI tests. You can test for genital warts and other STIs at home, discreetly and conveniently, at a time that suits you.
Ensure girls in your care have the HPV vaccine. In the UK, all girls, aged 12 to 13 are offered the HPV vaccine, which protects against the strains that cause 90% of genital warts. The vaccine also protects against cervical cancer but it must be administered before girls become sexually active.
Last updated July 27, 2018