Assessing & Treating Genital Warts Online

Human papillomavirus infection (HPV) is an infection that causes warts to form in various parts of the body. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. It is so common, that most sexually active people will get it at some point in their lives. In some cases, symptoms may include warts on the genitals or on the surrounding skin. In other cases, there may be no symptoms.

In most cases, HPV will go away on its own and won’t carry any health problems. In more severe cases, it will not go away on its own and it can cause health problems like genital warts and cancer. The genital warts will usually appear as small bumps or groups of bumps in the genital area. They can come in many shapes and sizes – raised or flat, small or large, and sometimes shaped like a cauliflower.

HPV can cause cervical cancer, cancer in the back of the throat, and cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis, or anus. Cancer from HPV will often take years to develop after a person comes into contact with the infection. 

There are several things that can be done to lower your chances of getting HPV:

  • Get vaccinated. The HPV vaccine is safe and effective. The CDC recommends 11 to 12 year olds get two doses of the HPV vaccine to protect against HPV causing cancers.
  • Get screened for cervical cancer.
  • If you’re sexually active, use latex condoms and be in a mutually monogamous relationship.

You can talk to your online doctor and get advice about HPV. If you have an STD, our doctors will refer you to your local PCP or a specialist for an in-person examination.

During a video consult on TelaCare, one of our board-certified doctors will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine the severity of your genital warts. You will need to have an in-person examination, but our providers can help with diagnosis. Diagnosis will be based on duration, severity of symptoms and your medical history.

It is important for both you and your partner to get tested to know for sure that neither of you have genital warts or any other STD. This is one of the most reliable ways to avoid STDs.

No matter what STD you may have, treatment will likely include the practice of safe sex to avoid spreading the disease to others. The surest way to avoid spreading and contracting STDs is to practice abstinence. This means not having vaginal, oral, or anal sex.

Getting an STD is not the end of the world. Many STDs are curable and all are treatable.

Note: some STDs require ongoing treatment and counseling. We can help you manage the condition if you have already been diagnosed.

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Got Questions? We've got answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1-800-317-0280 to speak to a medical professional about your symptoms or conditions.



 Can an online dermatologist determine if a skin growth is cancerous?

If you have skin lesions that fit the ABCDE criteria, in that they are Asymmetric with jagged Borders, multiple Colors, a Diameter larger than a pencil, and have been Evolving (you have observed them change over time) -- then you will likely need a biopsy to test for melanoma.

The ABCDE algorithm is just one of many tests a trained dermatologist uses in assessing risk of skin lesions, if you are unsure about whether your lesion merits a biopsy an online dermatologist can quickly examine your skin and either exclude the possibility of it being malignant or tell you that you have sufficient risk factors to merit going in person for testing.

 Is my online doctor visit private and secure?

Yes, we feel it is of utmost importance to maintain patient privacy and keep information secure. TelaCare is designed to be a private, secure, HIPAA-compliant tool that allows you to safely and confidentially consult with a doctor online.


 Can I get a prescription online?

Yes, in general you can get a prescription online. There is support for this nationwide, however there are several exceptions. 


 Can a doctor on TelaCare order a prescription refill?

Doctors on TelaCare will discuss your health history and assess whether a refill is safe at this time or whether it would be necessary to see your primary care physician in person. The decision to provide a refill and the quantity is at the sole discretion of the doctor. Be sure to share any information you have about your health history and condition that may help facilitate your refill, such as recent lab tests or blood pressure readings.

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