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What causes genital warts?

Genital warts are caused by a type of HPV, usually either strain 6 or strain 11. HPV is a family of over 100 different viruses which can often cause no symptoms, although certain strains have been linked to cancer, most notably cervical cancer in women.

Using a condom during sex can lower your risk of becoming infected, although you could still contract the virus through the skin around the genital area. Once infected, the warts may not always be visible, but it is still possible to become infected even if there is no outbreak at that time.

What are the symptoms?

Genital warts may not appear immediately after you have become infected with the STI and they sometimes appear internally, showing no outward symptoms. The only way to ensure you are not infected is to have regular STI tests if you are having unprotected sex.

When the symptoms appear, they can vary in shape and size but they will be located in or around a woman's vagina or labia and on or inside a man's foreskin. The fleshy bumps are painless although they can sometimes cause itchiness.

How can you prevent genital warts?

There is no way to guarantee you will not be infected with the STI, although using a condom during sex will limit your risk of contracting most sexually transmitted infections. There is a vaccine available against this strain of HPV, although its effectiveness may decrease over time.

Once you have contracted the virus, it cannot be cured, however it may lay dormant for months or even years. Outbreaks are thought to be partly caused by excessive alcohol consumption, fatigue, stress or genital friction.

Is there a treatment for genital warts?

Although the virus itself is incurable, the outbreaks can be treated and warts can be removed surgically or with medication. Surgical treatments are usually considered a last resort in cases where the warts are very large or if a woman is pregnant. Another option is trichloroacetic acid, which can be administered by doctors to burn off outbreaks.

You can buy over-the-counter medications which can sometimes help with the symptoms, although they are not always as effective as prescription treatments and can sometimes cause skin irritation.

Prescription creams are highly effective in helping to clear up an outbreak without resorting to surgery. The most common are Aldara, Warticon and Condyline.

Prescription creams are highly effective in helping to clear up an outbreak without resorting to surgery. The most common are Aldara, Warticon and Condyline which are all available to buy online at 121doc.

Can I buy prescription treatment for genital warts online?

At 121doc we offer a discreet service which allows you to buy these treatments online after filling out a free online consultation. Once a medical professional has reviewed your case, you will be issued a prescription and the pharmacy will ship your order for free next day delivery.

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What is included in the online consultation?
Will a doctor review my consultation?
What happens after I submit my order?
Is the price all-inclusive?
Can I place more than one order at a time?
What are my delivery options?
Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?
How do I know which treatment is best for me?
Is this service discreet?
What is included in the online consultation?

Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.

All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.

Will a doctor review my consultation?

It is a legal and medical requirement that a doctor first reviews all completed consultations. We have a team of in-house doctors and specialists who will ensure your selected treatment is safe for your use. All information is stored securely and confidentially.

Please note, we do not guarantee that our doctors will approve treatment.

What happens after I submit my order?

Your consultation will be sent directly to our medical team, where it will be reviewed by one of our doctors.

If your chosen treatment is deemed suitable for your use, they will issue a prescription. Your prescription is then forwarded to our pharmacy, where your medication will be dispensed and dispatched for courier delivery.

Is the price all-inclusive?

Yes. All 121doc orders include a medical consultation, a prescription and next-day delivery. There are no additional costs. We believe in providing a safe and easy-to-use service.

Can I place more than one order at a time?

Yes. However, certain medications may negatively interact with each other. Our doctors may not approve your order on this basis.

You can place multiple items in one basket, and complete a consultation for all.

If you wish to place a second order for a different medication, you will have to complete a separate consultation.

What are my delivery options?

We offer several delivery options:

  • Next-day delivery
  • UPS Access Point - convenient parcel drop-off and collection near your home or work address
  • Nominated-day delivery - choose the most convenient day for delivery

All these options can be tracked and require a signature on delivery. If you are not available, a friend or relative can sign in your place.

None of these options will incur an additional charge.

Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?

To ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company, you should look to see their country’s regulatory bodies verify them.

In the UK, this is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).Certificates can be viewed here.

How do I know which treatment is best for me?

Some treatments also offer the 'Advise Me' function. You will be asked questions about your lifestyle and needs, plus medical questions. You will then be presented with the advice of our doctors.

Is this service discreet?

Our patients’ privacy is of utmost importance. All your medical information is securely stored and only viewed by our doctors. We do not share your details with third-parties. We are also regularly inspected by various UK regulatory agencies, such as the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

All orders will only show on invoices, bank statements, etc. as ‘HHC Ltd’.