Hello Ms. Kirsten,
Thanks for writing to DoctorSpring.com with your health concern.
Yes, unfortunately, the lesions DO look like vaginal warts. These are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus.
Treatment includes local laser , application of drugs to the warts and excision.
Yes, you would be infective(with a potential to spread the infection) lifelong, inspite of treatment.
Please get the diagnosis confirmed by a specialist such a sexually transmitted diseases specialist.
Needless to say, please have protected sex, and also get your partner tested.
All the best.
Please feel free to discuss further.
Patient replied :
A few more questions if you dont mind -
1) If I have touched the area with my hands, is it possible that the warts will spread to other areas of my body? Like my hands or face?
2) If I get the warts removed, can the disease still spread to other people? Or is it only when the warts are there themselves?
3) Is there any possibility that they could be something else?
4) Would I have caught the disease from someone else? If so, how long after I caught the disease would the warts show up?
5) Is there any serious dangers I should be worried about?
1. No warts do not spread that way. However good sanitization practice and hand washing is always a good idea to ward off other potential infections.
2. Even if the wards are removed, you would still be capable of transmitting the virus.
3. The possibility is less likely, a biopsy is always confirmative, since I can only see the picture as you can understand, and not examine you by touching and feeling.
4. You could have caught it from any of your sexual partners , the disease can lie latent from weeks to months to years, there is no way of saying when you caught the virus.
5. There are no serious dangers from warts. Warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus ( HPV ), and some strains of HPV are known to be associated with cervical and oral cancers. Please do get HPV typing done to know the type of your HPV infection as well as a Pap smear for your cervix.