Understanding Genital Warts
When learning about genital warts, it's important to have a good understanding of what causes them. Genital warts, which are a type of sexually transmitted disease (STD), are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There is no cure for HPV; however, genital warts can be treated with prescription medications or certain medical procedures.
Genital warts, which are highly contagious, are one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They usually appear as soft, moist, or flesh-colored swellings and are usually found in or around the anus or vagina and on the penis, scrotum, vulva, or cervix. Other symptoms include pain, discomfort, burning, and itching.
(To learn more about this topic, click Genital Warts. This full-length article tells you what you need to know about how a diagnosis is made and how long it takes for warts to appear after a person is infected with HPV.)