Genital Warts

What are genital warts?

Warts caused by the human papilloma virus (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.

Appearance

Do genital warts spread?

Genital warts spread from a 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.

Treatment

Genital warts can go away without treatment. However, treating genital warts lowers the risk of spreading the virus.

Medicine:

Procedures:

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.

Prevention:

HPV vaccine, protection during intercourse.

Learn more at the American Academy of Dermatology: AAD Genital warts.

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