External Genital Warts

What are genital and perianal warts?
Genital and perianal warts are growths or bumps that appear in or around the entrance of the vagina or anus, or on the vulva, cervix, penis, scrotum, groin, or thigh. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be passed from person to person during sexual contact.

What everyone should know about genital warts
Genital warts may be raised or flat, single or multiple, small or large. They may cluster together to form a cauliflower-like shape. Often, they are flesh-colored and painless.

There are many types of HPV infections, some causing external warts and others causing potential infections in the cervix. It is important for women to see their health care providers regularly for pelvic exams and Pap smears. If your sex partner tells you that he or she has HPV or genital warts, it is important to see your health care provider. It is important for you, once your warts are gone, to get regular checkups at least once a year.