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How can you catch genital warts?

Dr Louisa Draper

"It can take a few weeks or even months for topical treatments to work, so it is essential to stick with applying the treatment until the warts have completely disappeared. "

Dr Louisa Draper

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Genital warts are very common. They occur as the result of a viral skin infection which is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Not everyone with HPV goes on to develop genital warts.

They appear as small and fleshy bumps or changes to the skin. They are found around the genitals or the anal area. They don’t usually hurt and they aren’t a major risk to your health, although having them can be distressing for the sufferer.

Around 30 types of HPV can live in and around the genital and anal area, however, genital warts are mostly caused by types 6 and 11.