Human Papillomavirus (HPV) -- Disease information
If you have been diagnosed with genital warts, you are probably looking for information to help you get a better understanding of the disease, especially its cause: human papillomavirus (HPV).
Certain forms of HPV can cause genital warts, while other types cause warts on the hands or feet. Many people infected with HPV have no symptoms at all. Human papillomavirus infects the majority of sexually active adults at some point in their lives. In fact, health experts estimate that there are more cases of genital HPV infection than any other sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States.
While no cure exists, there is treatment for the changes the virus can cause to the cervix, as well as treatment for the warts that can occur as a result of an infection (genital or nongenital). Certain factors may affect the treatment your healthcare provider recommends, including whether you currently have symptoms and what you want and expect.
(For more information on this sexually transmitted disease, including the difference between high-risk and low-risk HPV, click Human Papillomavirus.)