What are Warts?

A wart (also known as a verruca when occurring on the sole of the foot or on toes) is generally a small, rough tumor, typically on hands and feet but often other locations, that can resemble a cauliflower or a solid blister.

Warts are common, and are caused by a viral infection, specifically by the ''human papillomavirus'' (HPV) and are contagious when in contact with the skin of an infected person. It is also possible to get warts from using condoms or other objects used by an infected person. They typically disappear after a few months but can last for years and can recur.

Gardasil is a vaccine aimed at preventing cervical cancers and, to a lesser degree, some genital warts. Gardasil is designed to prevent infection with HPV types 16, 18, 6, and 11. HPV types 16 and 18 currently cause about 70% of cervical cancer cases, and also cause some vulvar, vaginal, penile and anal cancers. HPV types 6 and 11 cause about 90% of genital warts cases.

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Last Updated: Feb 1, 2011

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