Think it’s a wart? Are you sure it’s not just a pimple?

by Gary Chambers

Find a few bumps down there and now you’re worried it might be genital warts?

Don’t worry — You’re not alone. Tens of millions of people have thought at one time or another that they might have been infected with genital warts. Usually there is nothing to defend this claim except for maybe a small rash or a few benign bumps.

Before you jump to the conclusion that you have genital warts, take a step back and ask yourself, “Is it possible?”

Well, of course it’s possible — Anything is possible.

But make sure you aren’t making ludicrous assumptions with no basis. For instance, a teenager with no prior sexual contact is probably not the best candidate for genital warts. While rare circumstances may be possible, it is highly unlikely.

Do not get yourself worked up over nothing. Do your research and find out what genital warts look like. Compare your suspected outbreak to the pictures you see and then make your conclusions.

Remember though, outbreaks are not always immediate. In some cases it may take up to several months for the first outbreak to occur. You need to think back to all the sexual partners you have had in the last six months.

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