genital wart


Definition of genital wart

: a wart on the skin or adjoining mucous membrane on or near the genital organs or the anus and caused by any of several human papillomaviruses

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These countries also saw a decrease in genital warts diagnoses among unvaccinated boys and older women. NBC News, "HPV vaccine benefits 'exceed expectations,' may lead to elimination of cervical cancer," 27 June 2019 Some strains cause genital warts, but those aren’t the ones that cause cervical cancer. Julie Mazziotta,, "What to Know About HPV, the Sexually Transmitted Disease that Led to Marcia Cross’ Anal Cancer," 7 June 2019 Those aren’t meant for the delicate skin affected by genital warts. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "What Even Are Genital Warts and How Do You Get Them?," 29 July 2018 That's because some strains cause genital warts, but many others don't. Amy Marturana, SELF, "5 STDs You Can Have Without Knowing It," 28 Dec. 2018 These genital warts also tend to be skin-colored, Dr. Hsiao says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell If That Bump on Your Bikini Line Is an Ingrown Hair," 7 Jan. 2019 Two strains in particular — number 6 and number 11 — cause about 90 percent of genital warts. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The Ultimate Guide to Every Type of Wart and How to Treat It," 25 June 2018 The rise in syphilis and gonorrhea cases in England was balanced out by a decrease in some other infections, including cases of genital warts, which declined 90% since 2009 among 15 to 17 year-olds -- thanks to a national immunization program. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Syphilis cases hit highest level in almost 70 years in England," 6 June 2018 The latter, human papillomavirus, is an S.T.D. that causes genital warts and, in some cases, cervical cancer. Bess Levin, The Hive, "Bill Gates: Trump Is Even Dumber Than You Thought," 18 May 2018

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of genital wart

: a wart on the skin or adjoining mucous membrane usually on or near the genital organs or the anus and caused by the human papillomavirus The "magic bullet" on the horizon is a vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus which not only causes genital warts but is the leading cause of cervical cancer.— Mary Jane Horton, Ms., Summer 2005

called also condyloma, condyloma acuminatum, venereal wart

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