Understanding Genital Warts Symptoms

Genital Warts Symptoms

Genital warts symptoms may vary from person to person. Most people will develop genital warts symptoms within a few weeks of exposure, some though, may not produce any genital warts symptoms for months or even years. Some people infected with the genital warts virus are asymptomatic and will never show any outward signs of infection, but can still pass the virus on to their sexual partners, sometimes with no knowledge that they are infected. Genital warts are highly contagious and can spread quickly, if you have an active infection it is highly recommended that you avoid all sexual activity or suspect you have any of the below genital warts symptoms.


Genital warts are painless and may manifest itself as small flat, or raised bumps, sometimes in clusters, and will be found on or around the penis, the vulva or vagina, and anus (the most common genital warts symptoms). While genital warts themselves may not be painful, they can become itchy and may cause a vaginal or penis discharge. Rarely, other more severe problems can arise such as bleeding or urinary obstruction if the warts cluster in or around the urethral opening.

In men, genital warts symptoms will appear as small flat or rounded bumps and can mass, or group, in clusters. Genital warts can appear on our around the urethra, penis, scrotum or anus.

In women, genital warts symptoms will manifest themselves on or around the lips of the vagina, inside the vagina, or around the anus. Genital warts may be itchy and may cause a discharge. Women with active genital warts symptoms may have abnormal Pap smear tests.

Genital warts symptoms should always be reported to a healthcare professional, and you should avoid any sexual contact until you have been tested and it has been confirmed that you either have, or don’t have, the HPV virus.

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