Genital Pimples vs. Herpes: How to Identify and Treat Your Symptoms

Genital Warts or Genital Herpes?

The term “genitals” refers to the genitals, while the word “warts” refers to any wart or growth that may affect your body. Both terms are used interchangeably when referring to genital warts (also known as genital herpes). However, they have different meanings and their causes differ.

Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a virus that infects most people at some point in their lives. Most people never get infected with HPV, but it’s possible if you’ve had unprotected sexual contact with someone who does.

HPV infection can cause many types of abnormal skin lesions called genital warts. These warts usually appear on the genitals, inner thighs, buttocks or other parts of the body. They’re not contagious from person to person.

Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) is another virus that can cause genital warts. HSV-2 is spread through direct contact with an infected area of skin or mucous membranes such as the mouth, nose or throat.

HSV-2 is a lifelong infection that causes recurrent episodes of genital herpes. It’s much more common than HPV and is the cause of most genital warts.

You can reduce your risk of getting genital warts by avoiding sexual contact with someone who has or has had genital warts.

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