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  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the human papillomavirus, which causes genital warts, is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the U.S.
  • If you happen to get genital warts, it’s not advisable to pop them
 

Frequently Asked Questions About Genital Warts

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Q: Can genital warts be cured?

A: Currently, there is no available cure for genital warts, but the disease may go away on its own.1 The time it takes for the symptoms to subside depends on the HPV strain that has infected you.2 Should you develop warts, don’t wait for them to go away. Have them treated right away because they are highly infectious.

Q: How long does it take for genital warts to appear?

A: The average time is estimated to be around two to three months,3 but the incubation period for genital warts can vary widely. In some cases, the period is just two weeks. In others, it can take as much as eight months before warts appear, making it hard to trace who infected you.

Q: How do you know if you have genital warts?

A: In men and women, genital warts generally look the same. They appear as cauliflower-like bumps or tiny stem-like protrusions.

In men, warts normally appear on the penis, scrotum and anus. In women, they mostly appear on the vulva, but can appear on the anus or cervix as well.4

Q: How can you remove genital warts at home?

A: There are many topical home remedies you can try to help treat genital warts, such as applying tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic or onion.5

Q: How do you get rid of genital warts yourself?

A: The Genital Warts Treatment and Remedies page contains several options you can try safely, as well as tips on how to use them properly.

Q: How common are genital warts?

A: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the human papillomavirus, which causes genital warts, is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the U.S. Out of 79 million citizens currently affected with HPV, around 340,000 to 360,000 people develop genital warts as a complication.

At least 1 in 100 sexually active adults has genital warts at any given time.6

Q: What colors are genital warts?

A: Genital warts generally look like small, flesh-colored, pink or red growths. They’re often described as having a cauliflower-like texture and are typically difficult to see. In most cases, they’re clumped together in groups of three or four.7

Q: Do genital warts bleed?

In most cases, the warts are painless and do not cause any sort of problems. However, if the warts bleed and do not stop, contact your doctor immediately.8

Q: Do genital warts pop?

If you happen to get genital warts, it’s not advisable to pop them. Popping or scratching them will simply cause pain and bleeding because they are anchored deep into your skin’s blood vessels. It’s best to treat your warts using home remedies to prevent complications from occurring. (Always keep your doctor apprised of any home remedies you may be using.)9

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