A week went by, and we continued to abstain from sex, although we were seeing each other almost daily at this point. I already knew I had HSV I — typically expressed orally as cold sores on the mouth — but my partner wasn't sure if he had HSV I or HSV II.As a woman with a deep-seated fear of HIV and plenty of education on the subject, I realized that I hadn’t spent much time studying the ramifications of the herpes simplex virus (HSV). A common misconception is that HSV I is exclusive to the mouth and HSV II is exclusive to the genitals.Genital herpes is characterized by recurrent clusters of vesicles and lesions at the genital areas or below the waist.
For the complete lowdown on what genital warts are, where they come from and and how to deal with them, spoke with H. D., a professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Washington Center for AIDS and STD and a former member of the American Sexual Health Association's board of directors. H's insights were super informative — not to mention reassuring. It's a big umbrella term that encompasses at least 110 different strains, and they're all transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.
To recap: genital warts are small, firm, flesh-color bumps that occur in or around the vagina or anus.
Some people develop just one bump; others get more.
Unlike an ingrown hair, a mosquito bite, a pimple, or anything else you might confuse them with, genital warts don't itch, look red or feel irritated (unless they're picked or scratched, so it's best to avoid that).
Also good to know: Warts don't pop up immediately after sex.
The majority of HPV strains cause no symptoms at all — most people get infected with one at some point and don't even realize.