Genital warts are warts that are near or on a person's genital areas.For a girl, that means on or near the vulva (the outside genital area), vagina, cervix, or anus.For a guy, that means near or on the penis, scrotum, or anus. They can be flat or raised, single or many, small or large. They are not always easy to see, so people who have genital warts often don't know they have them.Genital warts are caused by a group of viruses called HPV (short for human papillomavirus). Some of them cause the kind of warts you see on people's hands and feet.Genital warts and the kinds of warts on hands and feet are usually caused by types of HPV. Genital warts can be passed from person to person through intimate sexual contact (touching someone's genitals or having vaginal, oral, or anal sex).In some rare cases, genital warts are transmitted from a mother to her baby during childbirth.HPV infections are common in teens and young adults.
Sometimes they might take even longer to appear because the virus can live in the body for a very long time before showing up as warts. Turn to your doctor for help — he or she can help figure out what a bump is and what you can do.
See your doctor, gynecologist, or visit a health clinic if: Because many people who are infected with HPV don't show any symptoms, everyone having sex should get regular medical checkups and tell their doctor about their sexual history. If a person doesn't get treated, genital warts can sometimes grow bigger and multiply.