Genital Warts are a sexually transmitted disease caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) -- our modern-day frog. There are over 40 different strains of HPV that affect the genitals and several are closely linked with cervical cancer in women.
In the past decade, vaccinations against many strains of HPV have become available for young women -- a tremendous step towards reducing the transmission of this STD, though not an immunization that offers full protection against cervical cancer OR genital warts.
Because there are so many strains of HPV and because boys are not yet encouraged to also get the vaccine (despite the fact that they often unknowingly pass the disease to a partner) it is simply one preventive step among others.
“Yikes!” you are saying. “I don’t want to kiss this frog! How will I know if the prince/princess I am kissing has HPV?”