Genital Warts

Genital warts (sometimes called condylomata acuminata or venereal warts) are the most easily recognized sign of genital HPV infection. Many people, however, have a genital HPV infection without genital warts.

Genital warts are soft, moist, or flesh colored and appear in the genital area within weeks or months after infection. They sometimes appear in clusters that resemble cauliflower-like bumps, and are either raised or flat, small or large. Genital warts can show up in women on the vulva and cervix, and inside and surrounding the vagina and anus. In men, genital warts can appear on the scrotum or penis. There are cases where genital warts have been found on the thigh and groin.

To read more about this topic, from this and related documents, please see the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. You may also wish to see the HealthyNJ page on HPV: Human Papilloma Virus or the related HealthyNJ pages: Chlamydia, Genital Herpes, Gonorrhea, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Syphilis, and Trichomoniasis and other Sexually Transmitted Infections.

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