Genital Warts vs Herpes
What is Genital Warts? Genital Warts are growth of a wart-like substance on some part of the skin and also on the membrane of genitals of men as well as in women. This is a type of infection which is transferred from one person in to other person through sexual activities. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the major cause of this infection and there are 70 different types of this infection which are currently in existence. Genital Warts might be found on vagina, vulva, in and around the anus as well as on penis. Infection caused by HPV is a common infection, mostly found without any major symptoms. Genital Warts is an infection which has to be treated in order to avoid spreading of it to other individuals. Diagnosis of Genital Warts in women is difficult to carry out as these Warts are placed around walls of cervix or vagina which require special instrument and procedure for seeing them.
What is Genital Herpes? Genital Herpes is another virus which is transferred from one person to another as a result of sexual activities and has its effects on skin or membrane of genitals. Two different types of viruses are responsible for this infection which is namely Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1). HSV-2 is mostly responsible for causing genital herpes which can spread through mouth and genitals. HSV-1 is responsible for causing infection on lips and mouth which is transferred to other people by activates performed in oral sex. A person can suffer from Genital Herpes infection if he/she comes in contact with a person who has been suffering from herpes. This is usually transferred on contact of vagina, penis, mouth or skin with person already suffering from the infection. Genital Herpes are mostly seen in women. 1 out of 4 women have been found infected as compared to 1 of 8 men facing this infection.
What is the difference Between Genital Warts and Herpes?
The two infections are often confused with each other while there are a number of differences between them. A few of them are discussed here. HPV (Human Pappiloma Virus) is responsible for causing the Genital Warts whereas Genital Herpes are caused as a result of HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus), (Type 1 or Type 2). Type 2 of this virus results in Genital Herpes and Type 1 is responsible for causing oral herpes. Genital Warts are transferred when infected skin comes in contact with some other individual’s skin in a sexual activity. These Warts are seen on body in form of bumps which may be hard or soft. On the other hand, herpes enters the body and continues infecting different portions of the body. This type of infection is also spread as a result of contact of skin. Genital herpes are seen as red bumps which become sores or blisters at a later stage. These take 10 days approximately for developing. Itching on skin is also found in certain cases while pain is also associated with it sometimes. Genital Warts are not having clear symptoms and people suffering won’t be able to see any visible symptoms even though they are affected. Sometimes, this infection is cleared on its own without the person knowing about it.