Genital Warts Symptoms

You can get genital warts from another person who is already infected and they generally start to appear around two to three months after being first infected by the HPV virus. However, there can be gaps of anything up to 12 months between the infections which can be a little confusing if you think you don’t have the HPV virus in your body. There are certain symptoms to watch out for with this particular virus and if you do notice anything, then you need to get treated as soon as possible and stop having any sexual relations until you get the all-clear.

Warts can be passed from person to person very easily

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What the Warts Look Like

When women contract the HPV virus, the genital warts typically start out as small lumps that feel gritty to the touch. These small lumps then become larger as time goes by. In men, the warts look very much like the warts that many people get on their hands and fingers.

Both men and women with the infection can either have one single wart or lots of them in clusters that appear to grow together looking very much like the head of a cauliflower. The warts are generally painless but many people experience itchiness which causes irritation and this is particularly true if the warts are found around a person’s back passage (rectum). Genital warts can develop both inside or near the urethra which means urinating can be painful due to the fact the normal flow is disrupted.

The warts can sometimes start bleeding when a person has sex but as the condition can easily be passed onto to a partner, it is not recommended to have any sort of sexual contact until the warts have been cleared up and fully healed.

Where Genital Warts Can Develop in Women

Genital warts can develop in several regions on a woman which includes the following areas:

Around the vulva

In the vagina

Between the anus and vagina

Around the anus

On the cervix

At the opening of the urethra

Genital Genital warts can develop as a single wart or in clusters

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Where Genital Warts Can Develop in Men

When men contract the virus, genital warts commonly develop in the following areas of their bodies:

On the penis shaft just below the foreskin

Around the anus

On the head of the penis

Inside the urethra

Under the foreskin

Between the anus and scrotum

On the scrotum

Seeking Medical Advice

If you develop any warts in any of the areas mentioned above, you should seek medical advice as soon as you can because if left untreated, you risk passing on the virus to your partner or partners. However, there are other reasons why you should get professional medical advice which are as follows:

A genital wart can be mistaken for some other growth

You will need to get a prescription in order to buy the right type of medication to treat your symptoms

There are a few treatments which need to be applied by a qualified nurse or other medical professional


If you notice any warts developing around your genital area or experience any discomfort when urinating, you need to make an appointment to see your doctor so a correct diagnosis can be made and the right treatment prescribed in order to clear up the HPV virus as quickly as possible. Your partner too would need to be tested and then treated should the test come back positive and neither of you should engage in any sexual activity until the warts are fully healed or you risk passing the virus on to your partner again.

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