Genital Wart Signs

Knowing the genital wart signs is helpful in preventing transmission of the condition, and in avoiding the complications that are possible with genital warts.

What are some common signs of genital warts?

Genital wart signs include:
  • Itching or discomfort in the genital area.
  • Bleeding during intercourse.
  • Small swollen bumps, either gray or flesh-colored, in the genital area.
  • Many tiny warts clustered together, sometimes with a cauliflower-like appearance.

Sometimes there are no signs of genital warts, but when signs are present, they usually affect these areas:
  • Men: penis, scrotum, anus.
  • Women: vulva, perineum, anus, vagina, cervix.
  • In some cases, genital wart signs have even been reported on the thigh or groin area.

Genital warts are one of the most common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and are caused by HPV (Human Papillomavirus). Though there are 100 different strains of HPV, most signs of genital warts are due to strains 6 and 11.

One thing to keep in mind about genital warts is that the absence of genital warts or the signs of genital warts is not a guarantee against infection. The HPV virus may incubate for several months (or even years!): the person is infected, but warts just have not appeared yet.

If you would like to avoid suffering any genital wart signs, you must take the proper precautions against HPV infection. The best prevention tactic is to abstain from any sexual activity. However, if you are sexually active, you can lower your risk substantially by engaging in a monogamous relationship with a partner who is free of the signs of genital warts.

If you have any genital wart signs, there are several different treatment options available to you. It is believed that successful treatment of the signs of genital warts will drastically reduce the risk of transmission to other partners.

Some treatments are available only by prescription from your doctor. Some of these must be applied only by the doctor, while others may be applied by yourself at home. Although there are many types of medications used to successfully treat genital warts, many of them also carry the risk of undesirable side effects. Here is a list of some prescriptions used to treat genital wart signs:

Other treatment strategies include:

Be sure to see your doctor if you have any of the following signs of genital warts:

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