This article was published on January 16th, 2019
Gentlemen, talking about or having to deal with almost anything anal other than sex is often embarrassing, uncomfortable, and not something most gay men want to speak of other than to their sexual partner. But when it comes to anal warts, no one wants to admit ever having them, and they have become a sensitive subject within the queer community. Boys, here is some anal warts advice: awareness, treatment, and care.
When you hear “anal warts” or “genital warts”, there really is no reason to be so freaked out. A vast majority of people already have the human papillomavirus (HPV), and so most people have the genital warts as a byproduct of a weakened immune system as a result. Unfortunately, HPV is very contagious, and can be contracted through anal, vaginal, and oral sex. Sometimes even through intense skin to skin touching. It’s something 1 in every 4 Americans have.
Fortunately, most people can go about their daily lives with no visible signs or side effects of an HPV infection. Most HPV infections don’t cause major health problems and disappear on their own. When anal warts are present, it is because the HPV virus hasn’t gone away and develops into a full-blown infection. Unfortunately, there is no test available out there for HPV, and because there are no symptoms, it is often difficult placing where you obtained your HPV and anal warts from.
If you have the strain of HPV that can develop into anal and genital warts, you don’t have the strain that can eventually lead to cancer. There is a bright side in this bumpy road. There is a vaccine to prevent you from getting HPV and is available in most jurisdictions in North America for anyone 11 years old and up. The use of condoms drastically reduces your chances or contracting HPV and therefore anal warts.
There are surprisingly lots of options for treating and getting rid of anal wart flair ups. While surgery isn’t necessarily for everyone, there are plenty of non-evasive surgical procedures that can be done to remove anal warts. There are creams and ointment for freezing anal warts away, as well as lazer treatments for burning anal warts off. Some flair ups even go away by themselves, eventually.
If you or a partner develop anal warts, it truly isn’t the end of the world. Easily treated, you can prevent exposure using most safer sex practices. Consult your doctor and or proctologist for the best route for your body to remove your anal warts outbreak. Don’t be afraid to share your experiences with your family and friends. The more people talk about uncomfortable subjects, the less weird, odd, or abnormal they become.
Anal warts, whether comfortable or not, are something many of you ass-loving folk are going to have to deal with. Talk to your doctor. Try making anal warts a positive subject to talk about instead of making them the butt of your STI ridicule vernacular.