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warts The Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions

Jan 22, 1997

Can a person with genital warts still have children? Thanks alot and please keep up the good work. Mukaranga We Ku Zimbabwe

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

It is certainly possible for a person to have genital warts and still have children. Genital warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The primary concern we have is when the mother has active and visible warts at the time of delivery. If she has an active infection, she is more likely to pass the infection to her baby. If this is the case, it is up to the parents and the physician to decide whether they wish to opt for a cesarean section (C-section) to avoid passing the infection to the baby. If the mother does not have any visible symptoms at the time of delivery, the chances of the baby becoming infected during delivery are greatly reduced. A regular vaginal delivery may still be an option when no symptoms are present, but again, this is a decision to be made between the parents and the physician.

In summary, a person having genital warts is still fully capable of having children. However do keep in mind that if a person has genital warts, and they have unprotected sex to have kids, they could pass the HPV infection to the other partner while having sex. This is especially likely to occur when the person has visible growths due to genital warts. Therefore it is usually recommended not to have unprotected sex until all visible growths have been treated and removed. Keep in mind however that HPV transmission can still occur even without symptoms, but is much less infectious when there are no visible growths.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).

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