What is it?
Genital warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), and can be carried and passed on by both men and women through sexual or skin to skin contact.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may not be visible for many months after coming into contact with the virus but if you do get warts, they are found in the genital region. Genital warts may appear as small fleshy growths on their own or in groups, but are often so tiny you may not notice that you have them. They are usually painless but may cause itchiness.
Tests and treatment
A doctor or nurse would usually be able to see warts, although a magnifying glass may be used. An internal examination may be required to see if the warts have spread.
If the virus is found there are a few different types of treatment that may be used. The most common treatment is a chemical that is painted on to the warts which removes them. Other treatments may include freezing, heating or applying a cream to the warts.
What can happen if its not treated?
The body may be able to fight the virus but if left untreated the warts may spread or get bigger, and you may risk passing them to someone else.
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