Genital Warts FAQ
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A. You will need to contact Knowsley Council and ask to speak with the Commissioner’s secretary.
A. To use a male condom correctly, follow these steps: - carefully open the foil packaging that the condom is wrapped in, taking care not to tear the condom - hold the tip of the condom between your forefinger and thumb to make sure it is put on - the right way round, and that no air is trapped inside (the condom may split if air is trapped inside) - place the condom over the tip of the penis - while squeezing the tip of the condom, roll it down over the length of the erect penis - if the condom will not unroll, it is probably on inside out – start again with a new condom as there may be sperm on it. For more information visit this page: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception-guide/pages/how-do-i-use-condom.aspx
A. To use a female condom, follow these steps: carefully remove the female condom from its packaging, taking care not to tear it place the closed end of the condom into the vagina, holding the soft inner ring between your forefinger or middle finger and thumb use your other hand to separate the folds of skin (labia) around the vagina, then put the squeezed ring into the vagina put your index or middle finger or both in the open end of the condom until the inner ring can be felt and push the condom as far up the vagina as possible, with the outer ring lying against the outside of the vagina the outer ring of the condom should rest closely on the outside of the vagina at all times during sex – if the outer ring gets pushed inside the vagina, stop and put it back in the right place make sure that the penis enters the condom – take care to ensure that the penis does not go between the condom and the wall of the vagina For more information on contraception visit this page: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception-guide/pages/how-do-i-use-condom.aspx
A. For a step-by-step guide, please visit this wikipage: http://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Condom
A. Sexual health line on 0300 123 7123 for confidential information and advice on sexual health Worth Talking About on 0300 123 29 30 for advice on contraception, sexual health and relationships (Mon-Fri 2pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-4pm) Brook on 0808 802 1234 for confidential sexual health information and advice for young people under 25 (Mon-fri 11am-3pm) You can also read and download leaflets about all STIs from the FPA website, or google sexual health and read other professional health sites for general information.
A. Using condoms can help protect against the virus that causes genital warts. A vaccine is also available. Condoms: Using condoms (male or female) every time you have vaginal or anal sex is the most effective way to avoid getting genital warts, other than being celibate (not having sex). Condoms also helps protect you from other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy. However, the protection offered by condoms is not 100%. Genital warts are the result of a viral skin infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Because HPV is spread by skin-to-skin contact, it is possible for the skin around your genital area not covered by the condom to become infected. But condoms remain the safest option. If you have oral sex, cover the penis with a condom. A dental dam, which is a latex or polyurethane (plastic) square, can be used to cover the anal area or female genitals. Dental dams are usually only available at sexual health and genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics, although your local pharmacist may be able to order some for you. Avoid sharing sex toys. However, if you do share them, wash them or cover them with a new condom before anyone else uses them. Following these measures will also help protect you from getting a number of other STIs, such as HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
A. Genital warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV is not a single virus, but a family of more than 100 different strains of viruses. However, most cases of genital warts are caused by two strains of the virus – type 6 and type 11. Most cases of HPV infection do not have visible symptoms, so many people can be infected with HPV without realising. It is still possible to pass on genital warts if they are not currently visible. HPV transmission: The most common way HPV can be passed from person to person is through skin to skin contact. This is usually sexual activity such as: - vaginal sex - anal sex - non-penetrative genital to genital contact - sharing sex toys - in very rare cases, oral sex HPV is not passed on through kissing, hugging or sharing towels, clothing and everyday items such as cutlery or a toilet seat. A condom can help protect against genital warts. However, as it does not cover all of the genital area, it may still be possible to pass HPV on to uncovered areas of skin. In rare cases, a mother can pass HPV on to her newborn baby during birth. In very rare cases, someone with HPV warts on their hands could pass on an infection by touching somebody else's genitals.
A. Smears for women under the age of 24 ½ are not part of the screening programme and our service will not undertake a smear. However, if there is a reason you are feeling anxious, then please come to one of our sessions to discuss with a Clinician.
A. No, we will only take a routine smear on a day you are not bleeding, ideally at least a few days after you have stopped or before you are due to start bleeding.
A. Have you received your letter? If so please bring this with you. If you haven’t received a letter you must attend one of our drop-in session
A. Usually all test results are returned within 2 weeks, including smears.
A. Chlamydia/ Gonorrhoea/ HVS/ HIV/ Syphilis: The clinician will discuss the results procedure when you have the tests taken. Smears: Letter to home, Client must be registered with a GP before we will take a smear