Who is More Susceptible to Develop Genital Warts?

October 29, 2009 by admin 

If you have a history of HPV infections, and not necessarily only the strains which produces Genital Warts, there’s a chance that you might be more susceptible to develop Genital Warts. Also if you’ve had Genital Warts before, it can recur. You might have removed them the first time around, but there’s a chance that you might have to do so again.

If you have other sexually transmitted diseases like Herpes, there’s a good chance that you can go on to contract genital HPV as well. And if your immune system is flagging from its fight with these other STD’s then there’s an equally good chance that you will go on to develop to genital warts as well.

Studies have shown that when there is a steady consumption of alcohol the risk of developing genital warts is enhanced. For instance if you have a weekly alcoholic amount in excess of 2-5 drinks, you have already more than doubled your chances of developing genital warts. It has also been shown that smokers are also more likely to develop genital warts than people who don’t smoke. Carcinogens seem to target areas like your cervix if you tend to smoke, leading to a possibility of cervical dsyplasia (abnormal cell changes) occurring, which in turn can lead to cancer.

It’s no secret that steroid use is not good for you, and a long term usage of steroids can in some cases lead to a person being more susceptible towards developing genital warts. The same applies for the use of any type of drug, be it the so-called “recreational” drugs, or abuse of prescription medications. Long term use of any of these can lead to your body being more open to contracting the HPV infection and developing genital warts. This holds especially true in the case of immune suppression medications. If you’re taking any of these for medicinal reasons you might want to talk to your doctor about the risk of contracting genital HPV.


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