Genital warts are an extremely common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by select strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Genital warts are almost always transmitted via sexual intercourse.
Genital warts are generally diagnosed with a visual exam. Your physician may apply a vinegar solution (acetic acid) to cause smaller warts turn white and making them more obvious.
Genital warts are most commonly transmitted through sex:
There is also the possibility of transmission through close skin on skin contact (usually also related to sex).
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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.