What to do to get tested
If you suspect that you may have caught genital warts, go to your doctor, or your local Sexual Health clinic. Your doctor will be able to diagnose the condition and prescribe treatment, but the health care professionals at the Sexual Health clinic have specialist expertise and will be able to recommend a bigger range of treatments for genital warts. Everything is confidential and examinations are free.
There is no blood test for the active HPV virus, and genital warts are diagnosed by an examination. You may also need to be examined internally (in the vagina), or around or inside the anal area, depending on where the warts are. These examinations may feel a little uncomfortable, but are usually painless.
If you have recently had unprotected sex with a new partner, or you and/or your partner have had unprotected sex with other people, it is advisable to have a sexual health check-up even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.