Genital Warts

Genital warts are caused by a germ (human papillomavirus, HPV). This germ is spread by having unprotected sex (intercourse) with an infected person. It can be spread by vaginal, anal, and oral sex. A person who is infected might not show any signs or problems.

HOME CARE

  • Follow your doctor's treatment instructions.

  • Do not use medicine that is meant for hand warts. Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Tell your past and current sex partner(s) that you have genital warts. They may need treatment.

  • Avoid sexual contact while you are being treated.

  • Do not touch or scratch the warts. You could spread it to other parts of your body.

  • Women with genital warts should have a cervical cancer check (Pap test) at least once a year.

  • Tell your doctor if you become pregnant. The germ can be passed to the baby.

  • After treatment, use a condom during sex.

  • Ask your doctor before using anti-itch creams.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your treated skin becomes red, puffy (swollen), or painful.

  • You have a fever.

  • You feel generally sick.

  • You feel little lumps in and around your genital area.

  • You are bleeding or have pain during sex.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.