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Signs and symptoms of genital wart

Genital warts are in different sizes and shapes. It may appear as a single wart or cluster of warts. The common signs of warts are:

  • A cluster of cauliflower-like bumps
  • Small, scattered bumps that are the same colour as the skin or a bit darker.
  • Growths may be rough, smooth, flat or raised in the genital

Genital warts have no symptoms aside from itching, burn, hurt, or bleed due to scratching. Genital warts can appear on the vagina, cervix, vulva, or groin in females as well as on the penis, scrotum, thigh, or groin in males. It can appear around the mouth or throat if you have oral sex with an infected person or around the anus for those who have anal sex with someone that has HPV.

Who can be effected with genital warts?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the virus that causes genital warts. HPV can be transmitted through unprotected sex with an infected person. If you have unprotected sex, you have some level of probability of having a genital wart.

You can be infected with an HPV and not have genital warts. The immune system of some people are strong enough to fight and get rid of the virus that is why they don’t get genital warts even if they have unprotected sex with someone that has HPV.

People with a weak immune system have a high risk of getting genital warts. The immune system can be weakened by some disease such as cancer, AIDS, as well as some medications.

A child can get genital warts from an infected mother during childbirth — warts may not show up immediately, but it will later. Genital warts in children can also be a sign of sexual abuse.

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