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Genital warts

Genital warts are small, fleshy bumps that appear around the genital or anal area. Learn more, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of genital warts.
Symptoms of genital warts
Genital warts usually appear within two to three months of developing an HPV infection, although incubation periods of up to a year have been reported.In
Causes of genital warts
Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The most common way HPV is passed from person to person is through sexual intercourse.
Diagnosing genital warts
If you think that you may have genital warts, visit your local genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinic (sexual health clinic).
Treating genital warts
There are two main types of treatment for genital warts: topical treatments such as creams, or physical ablation such as cryotherapy, in which warts are frozen.
Preventing genital warts
Using condoms (male or female) every time you have vaginal or anal sex is the most effective way to avoid getting genital warts, other than being celibate
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