Getting Checked for Warts

Question

I’ve checked online (not the most reliable) but I’m not sure if I have warts down there.  If I came into the clinic, would I be able to get it checked out or do I have to go somewhere else?

Answer

Yes, you would be able to get this checked out here at Student Health & Wellness in our clinic.  There is no specific test available (like a blood test or culture) to diagnose warts; they are usually diagnosed by exam when a healthcare provider checks the skin and looks at the area.  Student Health & Wellness does offer STI testing, so at the same time you are checked to see if these are warts, you could also be tested for other sexually transmitted illnesses. If you would like to make an appointment, please call 319-335-8394.

Visible warts are caused by an infection with the Human Papilloma Virus or HPV.  There is now a vaccine available for males and females between the ages of 13 and 26 that can prevent most visible warts/infections.  For more information about HPV infections and this vaccine, see the Sex@Iowa blog entry using this link:  http://sexatiowa.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/126/

Student Health & Wellness Staff

Written 2/3/14