Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) that appear in the genital area (Females: vulva, vagina, cervix, groin; Males: penis, scrotum, thigh, and groin). Of the several types of HPV, only a few cause genital warts. These are one of the more common forms of warts people deal with.
Genital warts spread from one person with HPV to another through sexual contact or even through childbirth (infected mother to baby). These warts do not appear immediately and may take months to appear after sexual contact with someone with an HPV infection.
Genital warts can go away without treatment. However, treating genital warts lowers the risk of spreading the virus.
Note: Treatment can remove the warts but may not completely get rid of HPV. If you still have HPV, you can still spread the virus even if the warts have not returned.
HPV vaccine, protection during intercourse.
Learn more at the American Academy of Dermatology: AAD Genital warts.
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