Skip to content
Go back

What Do Genital Warts Look Like?

Genital warts look like small, skin-colored or whitish bumps that are flat or that resemble cauliflower. Just one bump may appear, you may have a cluster of bumps varying in size, or a close-knit cluster that resembles one larger wart. Genital warts are more common in women than in men.

Where are Genital Warts Most Often Located?

Women: In women, genital warts appear around the anus, vagina, or on the cervix.

Men: In men, genital warts appear on the groin or thigh, around the anus, or on the tip of the penis.

Where Do Genital Warts Come From?

Genital warts come from the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV spreads during sexual activity, but condoms aren’t 100-percent effective as protection because the virus can pass through skin contact. If HPV is present on the skin outside the condom and comes in contact with the female, she can contract HPV and is then susceptible to genital warts, among other health conditions.

Back to top