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For most people who are infected with HPV (the virus responsible for genital warts), symptoms do not occur. When genital warts do appear, they usually look like moist, soft, pink, or flesh-colored swellings. These warts can appear in many places, including in the vagina or anus and on the cervix, vulva, penis, or scrotum. Other symptoms include burning, pain, discomfort, and itching.
Genital warts are often diagnosed using an acetic acid test. Treatment may include certain medical procedures and prescription drugs. There is no cure, and the infection can be transmitted even when there is no visible outbreak. Genital warts are spread through sexual contact and typically appear within weeks or months after the initial infection.
(Click Genital Warts for more info on what genital warts look like, how they are transmitted, and how they can be diagnosed and treated.)
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