Find out whether or not you have Genital Warts (HPV) and what STD test is recommended using our personalized symptom checker.
Genital warts, also known as venereal warts are the soft growths on the genitalia of both men and women. It is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). This disease is common among sexually active men and women who are under the age of 30, have a weakened immune system, had HPV infection during childbirth or have a history of child abuse.
Cervical cancer is the most dangerous complication of HPV infection in women. Besides this, it can also cause lesions on your tongue and tonsils, and cancers in the male genitalia. In the United States, its incidence rate is 1 in 100 individuals aged 14-49. Genital warts due to condylomata acuminata (a subtype of HPV) is extremely common and it is estimated that this pathogen annually affects more than 500,000 people in the United States. Test yourself on key clinical aspects with our short quiz to find if you are suffering from possible human papillomavirus infection.
No. Viruses don't have cures, but symptoms can be controlled with proper treatment.
Viral. Genital warts are caused by certain strains of HPV, the human papillomavirus.
Medicine or Surgery. There are a variety of treatment options including medications and surgery (freezing, burning, laser and physical removal).
1 to 4 weeks. Recovery varies by type of treatment as well as size and location of the outbreak. Anywhere from 1-4 weeks should be expected.
No. Until the warts are gone, sexual activity should be avoided.
Yes. As the base cause of genital warts is an incurable virus, you can have recurrence of genital warts without a new infection.