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Genital Warts

Hi.  I was exposed to genital warts from mid Jan to mid Feb a few times, while dating a girl.  At this point I show no signs of anything.  I have not had intimate contact with this person since mid-Feb.  It is now April 1st.  

My understanding from my primary care doctor is that I should just montior my genital area, especially the penile shaft for anything.  His advice was that after three months from last exposure if I still see nothing, I should be fine.  There is a chance that something could pop up years from now, but the main period in which warts appear after infection will have past.
Do you agree?  

Additionally, if I show no signs of genital warts and I am all clear, do I need to disclouse to my next girlfriend that at some point I was exposed to genital warts but I show no visible symptoms of anything?  I want to be responsible, but not scare her.

My primary care doctor also says that at my age, 26, given that I have had multiple partners, that I have likley been exposed to HPV by one or more partners and I probably have little to be concern with at this point...meaning I am not likely to show visible warts.  Your thoughts?
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If you are asymtommatic, waiting for them to appear before treatment is a reasonable approach.  

Treatment for symtommatic warts involves one of three major approaches: chemical or physical destruction, immunologic therapy, or surgical excision. Limited experience with topical antimicrobial therapy has also been reported. The preferred approach depends upon the number and extent of the lesions. However, spontaneous regression is also possible.

I would suggest barrier contraception to prevent the spread of this disease, even if they are not visibly present.  The chance of showing visible warts would vary from person to person.  There are a percentage of people who have a small number of warts that are asytommatic.  

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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