Where are genital warts normally found?
In women and men, warts may appear in the groin, on and around the genitals, in the urethra, or in the rectum or anus. In women: Genital warts may appear around the anus or on the vulva, vagina, or cervix. Women are often unaware of warts inside the vagina or on the cervix until a doctor finds them.
What can be mistaken as genital warts?
Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection that causes lesions on the penis, vaginal and buttocks. Herpes are also a sexually transmitted infection that cause ulcers and blisters on the genitals, anus and mouth. Genital warts may be mistaken for herpes because both cause genital lesions.
Where are genital warts located on a female?
Genital warts can appear any part of the body that is exposed to sexual contact, for example, in women, the vulva, vagina, cervix, or groin, (in men, the penis, scrotum, thigh, or groin). Irritation at the location of the warts.
What do genital warts bumps look like?
Genital warts look like skin-colored or whitish bumps that show up on your vulva, vagina, cervix, penis, scrotum, or anus. They kind of look like little pieces of cauliflower. You can have just one wart or a bunch of them, and they can be big or small. They might be itchy, but most of the time they don’t hurt.
Do I need a Pap smear if I have genital warts?
Routine Pap smears are recommended if you are a woman who has had genital warts, or if your partner had them. If you had warts on your cervix, you may need to have Pap smears every 3 to 6 months after the first treatment. Women with precancerous changes caused by HPV infection may need further treatment.
How do you stop genital warts from spreading on yourself?
How can I help prevent the spread of genital warts?
- Keep the genital area clean and dry.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after touching the area with warts.
- Do not scratch the warts.
- Avoid sexual activity until the warts have completely healed.
- Use latex condoms during intercourse.
Can you have genital warts and be HPV negative?
Can a woman with genital warts get a negative HPV test? Yes, the HPV test is usually negative in cases of genital warts. As we mentioned above, in 90% of the cases genital warts are caused by low-risk types of HPV 6 and 11. The HPV test is only positive when there is an infection by oncogenic types of HPV.