With the number of people suffering from genital warts, also known as the human papillomavirus rising by the year the need to practice safe sex is an important aspect of modern life. As the name suggests, the HPV virus in a genital form resembles warts found around other areas of the body, but is usually limited to the genitals and the urinary tract region of the body.
Some researchers claim numbers as high as half of all those currently sexually active will become infected with some for of the HPV virus; in the US alone, between 12 and 24 million people are thought to be infected with some form of the genital wart virus. Because of the large numbers of people infected many medical experts are calling the HPV virus an epidemic amongst modern sexually transmitted infections.
For those who have not been infected with any form of HPV, or those with partners who have the infection steps can be taken to prevent spreading the infection. Vaccinations are available to prevent a person becoming infected with genital warts, the largest single way of preventing infection is to use a condom each time sexual intercourse occurs. Although the most common form of HPV causes genital warts, other forms of the disease can cause cervical cancer, making prevention one of the most important practices for sexually active people.