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Genital warts, sometimes called condyloma acuminata or venereal warts, are a highly contagious sexually transmitted disease (STD). The warts, which typically develop within weeks or months after being infected with the virus that causes them, usually appear as soft, moist, pink, or flesh-colored swellings. They are often found in or around the vagina or anus and on the cervix, vulva, scrotum, or penis.
There is no cure for genital warts. However, even without treatment, they often disappear on their own. Common treatment options include certain medical procedures or prescription medicines; the specific option(s) your healthcare provider recommends will depend on the size and location of your warts, among other factors.
(Click Genital Warts for more information, including details on making a diagnosis, other common symptoms, and more.)
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