Genital warts are growths or bumps that appear:
- On the vulva
- In or around the vagina or anus
- On the cervix
- On the penis, scrotum, groin, or thigh
- In the mouth or throat (rare)
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Genital warts is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Most people will be exposed to a form of HPV at some point in their lives. Not everyone will become infected or develop symptoms.
Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are many different types of HPV. Only a few types are thought to cause genital warts. Many types of HPV are associated with harmlessskin warts found on the fingers or feet.
HPV is easily spread during oral, genital, or anal sex with an infected partner. Almost two-thirds of people who have sex with an infected partner will also develop genital warts.
Last reviewedSeptember 2012by Brian Randall, MD
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