Genital warts: Signs and symptoms

Genital warts appear in various sizes and shapes. Some people get a few warts. Others get many warts. The most common signs (what you see) of these warts are:

  • Small, scattered bumps that are skin-colored or a bit darker.
  • A cluster of bumps that look like cauliflower.
  • Growths in the genital area that can be raised or flat and smooth or rough.
Genital warts often have no symptoms (what someone feels). Sometimes the warts itch, burn, hurt, or bleed.

Where you find genital warts 

                genital warts pictures Genital warts: These warts often occur in the genital region, such as the penis (left photo) and the vulva (right photo).
 

Genital warts can appear on the following areas of the body:

Females
  • Vulva (external female genitals).
  • Vagina.
  • Cervix.
  • Groin.
Males
  • Penis.
  • Scrotum.
  • Thigh.
  • Groin.
Females and males
  • In the mouth or throat after having oral sex with an infected person.
  • In or around the anus after anal sex with someone who has HPV.

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