Donate to Genital Warts Research, Patient Care and Education

Genital condyloma, more commonly known as genital warts, is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Many different strains of HPV can cause genital warts, and, if certain strains of HPV are left untreated, they can lead to the development of cancerous cells. Genital warts also can be passed from a woman to her baby through vaginal birth.

Your contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help scientists and physicians at Northwestern Medicine to further advance research studies and patient care that will benefit individuals affected by genital warts.

Regular check-ups and early discovery of genital warts are recommended to avoid complications. The earlier the diagnosis of genital warts, the easier they are to treat.

Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help fund crucial research aimed at finding new ways to treat and diagnose genital warts, raise public awareness about the disease, and improve outcomes through early detection.

Research at Northwestern Medicine has led to important breakthroughs in treatments. Children growing up today have options for better protection against HPV, specifically with the development of an FDA-approved HPV vaccine in 2006. This vaccine has routinely been administered to teenagers for the last several years. It requires a series of three shots spread out over several months and is recommended for females up to age 26 and males up to age 21, as well as anyone who is at a greater risk of getting HPV.

The vaccine has shown to be an effective prevention mechanism; however, it is not a cure. There is currently no cure for HPV, but there are treatments to get rid of genital warts.

They include:

  • Medicated creams and solutions
  • Cryotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Electrocautery
  • Laser treatment

The only other way to prevent getting genital warts is to avoid having vaginal, anal or oral sex.

If you are sexually active:

  • Use a condom or dental dam every time you have sex.
  • Only have sex with a partner who has been tested and is free of STDs.
  • Does not be afraid to talk to your partner about STDs. If you have genital warts, tell your partner.

However, more research is still needed. HPV affects millions of Americans, and is one of the most prevalent STDs in America, despite there being a vaccine. Your generous support of Northwestern Memorial Foundation will promote the advancement of critical patient care programs for genital warts, including awareness campaigns and patient access to early testing.

By providing critical support through your donations, you are helping Northwestern Memorial Foundation reach out to underserved communities with lifesaving education and screenings. Our research initiatives are dedicated to improving access to care for low-income individuals, with a focus on education and resources to prevent diseases, such as genital warts.

A diagnosis of genital warts may begin with a physical exam (including a pelvic exam for women) and a discussion of your symptoms.

Tests may include:

  • Colposcopy
  • Pap test
  • HPV test
  • Cervical biopsy

The Division of Infectious Disease at Northwestern Medicine provides quality inpatient and outpatient care for genital warts and other infectious diseases. Our interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and advanced practice nurses are dedicated to improving the health of those living with acute and chronic infectious diseases. By supporting Northwestern Medicine with a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help to ensure that patients with this infectious disease will receive the best possible care.

Genital Warts Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Through your generous donations, you are helping to support essential research and quality patient care services with a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation. Each donation goes to support a critical public need to combat infectious diseases like genital warts through medical research, quality patient care and community outreach. Your support helps us reach out to local communities with lifesaving education and screenings, and improve access to care for those could not otherwise afford it. Please consider making a donation.

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