Genital warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). However, many people with the disease may not even be aware that they are infected as everyone who is infected with virus does not develop symptoms. The virus may be present in the skin or mucous membranes and it may cause no symptoms.
Genital warts (also known as condyloma acuminata or venereal warts) appear soft, moist, or flesh coloured. They can develop in the genital area within weeks after the infection or even after months.
Your doctor can diagnose genital warts by visually inspecting the affected area. Currently there is no cure for genital warts or HPV (human papilloma) virus infection. Treatment may clear the warts but it does not cure infection with HPV. Hence the warts and other associated symptoms can recur after treatment. Many treatments are available for genital warts. They can be treated both at home and through a medical professional. If you have genital warts, consult a doctor as no one treatment plan is ideal for all patients and getting treated for genital warts is better than not taking treatment.
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