You get genital warts through vaginal, oral, and anal sexual contact. This includes both penetrative sex and sexual activities where there is skin-to-skin contact. If you have genital warts, it is common to not notice any symptoms. If you do get symptoms, they will most likely show up anytime from a few weeks to many months after sexual contact. Symptoms are usually painless bumps on your genitals or around your anus. They can also be inside your genitals.
Genital warts are cauliflower-like growths caused by certain types of the human papillomavirus HPV. HPV is the most common viral sexually transmitted disease in the United States. You can also go extended periods of time without an outbreak, but it may not be possible to get rid of the warts forever. For those who clear the infection, there is a chance of becoming reinfected by the same strain or a different one. You could even be infected with multiple strains at the same time, though this is less common. So even with treatment, genital warts may come back in the future. Some strains are high risk and associated with later formation of squamous cell carcinoma cancer , and you may not even know if you have a high-risk HPV strain until precancerous or cancerous lesions form.
Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection STI. They are small lumps on the genitals which you can see or feel. They are usually painless. They are caused by the human papilloma virus HPV. Genital warts can be on the:.
Genital warts appear as growths or bumps that are flesh-colored or whitish. They may be small or large, raised or flat, and appear singly or in groups. While genital warts generally do not cause such symptoms as itching or pain, many people find them embarrassing, and they can be spread from person to person.