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What Are the Symptoms of Genital Warts?

The symptoms of genital warts include small, gray or flesh-colored swellings on the genital area or several warts clustered together that form a cauliflower shape. Other symptoms that you may experience include discomfort and itching in the genital area, or bleeding during sexual intercourse.

In women, a genital wart may be found on the vulva, the walls of the vagina, or the area between your vagina and your anus. They can also be internal warts inside your anal canal or on your cervix. In men, they are often found on either the shaft or the tip of the penis, the anus, or the scrotum. You may also develop genital warts on your mouth or throat if contracted through oral sex.

Genital warts can be extremely flat and small, making them undetectable to the naked eye, or they can cluster to form larger bumps. You can also have the virus that causes genital warts without having visible symptoms. An outbreak can occur and you may never have visible warts again after, but you will still carry the virus. If you have the virus, you can still pass it to a partner, even if you don’t have active warts.

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Visible genital warts can develop several weeks, months, or even years after coming in contact with a person who has been infected.

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