All You Need to Know about Condoms and HPV Infection
Condoms and HPV: What You Need to Know
Do Condoms Protect Against HPV?
Using condoms can lower the chances of an HPV infection. But, condoms are not foolproof because they only cover a portion of the genitalia. You can also decrease the chances of getting genital warts by avoiding unprotected sex with many different partners.
Sexual intercourse with people who have a history of genital warts or who have not been vaccinated for HPV should also be avoided to lower your risk of genital warts.
Talk to our specialists about STD testing and treatment for other sexually transmitted infections because the presence of other STIs increases your risk of HPV warts. It is also a good idea to defer becoming sexually active until you are older because sexual activity at a young age is a predisposing factor for HPV infection.
How Effective Are Condoms Against HPV? Will Using a Condom Protect Me from Genital Warts?
Condoms are only partially effective in reducing the risk of HPV infection. HPV is transmitted through close contact of skin and internal surfaces or secretions. HPV infection can be present in the male and female genital areas that are protected by a condom as well as in areas that are not covered by the condom.
Correct and consistent use of condoms can reduce the risk of genital warts and cervical HPV infection but it does not provide complete protection. Use of condoms is not a substitute for regular health checks and Pap smears.
Use of condoms is not a substitute for the HPV vaccine. HPV vaccination with Gardasil-9 is the most effective way to prevent HPV-related infections including those that cause genital warts and cervical cancer.
What do Genital Warts Look Like?
You can find pictures of genital warts as well as before and after treatment images in our genital wart image gallery.
Scheduling Appointments for STI Treatment and STD Testing at New York Urology Specialists
If you have any questions about testing or treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI), schedule a consultation, contact us or call 1-646-663-4125. We have excellent reviews from patients and their partners.
STDs are Treatable in Nearly Every Man and Woman
At New York Urology Specialists, our urologists are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI). We understand the challenges that STDs such as chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, and ureaplasma create for our patients, their relationships, and their self-esteem. We help you find an effective treatment for your symptoms that may be caused by STD, UTI or another cause.
Urologists are doctors specializing in the treatment of infections in men and women caused by sexually transmitted diseases as well as bladder infections (UTI). By the virtue of our experience and skill, we are able to offer an effective treatment option for nearly every man and women with urinary problems and bladder control problems.
We treat some of the most complex STD problems including:
- Persistent urinary urgency
- Frequent recurrence of genital warts
- Frequent recurrence of herpes outbreaks
- HIV prevention
- Genital warts in the urethra
- Treatment of infections when antibiotics do not work well
- Testing for urinary ureaplasma and mycoplasma.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Shteynshlyuger:
Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship-trained board-certified urologist with expertise in evaluation and treatment of urological problems in men and women using modern effective and proven treatment methods. He is highly recommended by top primary care physicians in the New York area. If you or someone you know has been experiencing urological symptoms, make an appointment to take advantage of Dr. Shteynshlyuger’s expert advice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.