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Genital warts are small fleshy growths, bumps or skin changes that appear on or around the genital or anal area that affect both men and women.

The most common symptoms

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  • Warts
    Warts

    Warts

  • Itchy or inflammed warts
    Itchy or inflammed warts

    Itchy or inflammed warts

  • Bleeding warts
    Bleeding warts

    Bleeding warts

Symptoms

Men and Women - Most people do not show any signs or symptoms of warts appearing around your privates, and the virus can go away by itself, although the warts can appear from 3 weeks to a few months, or even years, after getting the virus from unprotected sex

This means that you or that lucky someone in your life might not know if the virus is present, so remember protection otherwise you might notice;

In women - 

  • Warts around or inside the vulva, cervix or vagina
  • Warts around or inside the anus
  • Warts on the Upper thighs
  • Itchy or inflammed warts that may lead to bleeding

In men - 

  • Warts anywhere around or inside the penis
  • Warts on the scrotum
  • Warts around or inside the anus
  • Warts on the Upper thighs
  • Itchy or inflammed warts that may lead to bleeding

What does a check-up/test involve?

Genital warts is often diagnosed by how it looks, so be prepared to drop your pants so the doctor or nurse can take a look at the infection and decide on what treatment is best for you

Treatment

Genital warts may get better by themselves but its better to get treatment. The most common treatment is a cream or lotion that you put on the warts a few times a week at home but this may take weeks or months to work.

Other treatments include freezing, heating, surgery or laser to remove the warts.

Once the warts have gone, there is a chance they may come back.

If left untreated?

Genital warts can clear up by themselves or be present until they are treated.

However, there are some types of genital warts that can cause cancer if not treated effectively. Cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, penis and throat have been linked to different types of genital warts but these are not common. 

It is therefore important for women with genital warts who are aged 25 to 64 years to make sure their cervical smear is up-to-date by checking with their GP.