What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Genital Warts?


Symptoms make take upto a month or longer to appear after infection.

Genital warts have a variety of appearances, as well as an array of places they could be located:

  • May be flat or raised
  • Small or large
  • Individually or clustered
  • Might have the typical "cauliflower" appearance of warts but may not
  • They are usually soft
  • Can form in or around:
    • Anus
    • Groin
    • Mouth (from oral sex)
    • Penis
    • Scrotum
    • Thigh
    • Vagina
    • Vulva

See more: Anonymous Genital Warts Symptom Checker

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Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

No. Viruses don't have cures, but symptoms can be controlled with proper treatment.

Type of Infection

Viral. Genital warts are caused by certain strains of HPV, the human papillomavirus.

How is it treated?

Medicine or Surgery. There are a variety of treatment options including medications and surgery (freezing, burning, laser and physical removal).

Recovery Time

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.

Can I have sex?

No. Until the warts are gone, sexual activity should be avoided.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. As the base cause of genital warts is an incurable virus, you can have recurrence of genital warts without a new infection.