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Sexual Health Clinic

Genital Warts

Genital warts are warts that are found on the genitals (private parts.) They are a sexually transmitted infection (STI.) Sexually transmitted infections are viruses and bacteria (germs) that can be passed from one person to another during sex or intimate contact.

Genital warts affect both men and women.


Many people carry the virus for genital warts and do not ever get warts. They may never know that they have the virus.

Warts can grow weeks, months or even years after you catch the virus.

The warts can grow anywhere around the genitals and anus. They may also grow inside the vagina, urethra or anus.

You may only have one wart, or you may have many. Some warts are tiny, others can grow larger. They may appear as a flat bump on the skin, or as a fleshy growth (like a wart you might see on your finger).

Getting tested & treatment

The doctor or nurse will examine your genitals and will tell you if you have any warts. They may need to look inside your vagina or anus to see if you have any warts there.

For most people, genital warts do not cause any health problems. They are only treated because people do not like having warts on their genitals.

Most warts will eventually clear away on their own, but treatment can help get rid of them faster.

Warts may be treated with a cream or liquid, or they may be frozen off. Treatment can last several weeks.

The warts may also come back in the future and need to be treated again

For more information on genital warts please see this page.