Genital Warts (HPV)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-infectGenitalWarts-enHD-AR1.jpgGenital warts are caused by certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is one of the most common STDs. A vaccine can prevent HPV infection, which causes most genital warts and cervical cancers.wart, warts, worts, hpv infections, genital warts, warts on genitals, genital bumps, growths, genital growths, vaginal sex, oral sex, anal sex, sexually transmitted diseases, std, stds, hpv, human papillomavirus, human papilloma virus, venereal warts, venereal disease, venereal diseases, safe sexual contact, sexual abuse, child abuse, condoms, contraception, birth control, genitals, pubic area, pubic region, private parts, privates, cryotherapy, freezing, laser therapy, sexual health, adolescence, my child has genital warts, i think my child has genital warts, bumps, bump, bumps on the vagina, bumps on the penis, bumps on the anus, 04/27/200012/17/201809/02/2019Robyn R. Miller, MD12/17/20189e721dae-8c20-4387-ac19-d29ddc1a4233https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/genital-warts.html/<h3>What Are Genital Warts?</h3> <p>Genital warts are <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/wart.html/">warts</a> that are on or near the vagina or penis (the genitals).</p> <h3>What Causes Genital Warts?</h3> <p>Genital warts are usually a sexually transmitted disease (STD). They're caused by HPV (human papillomavirus). HPV also can cause some types of cancer. But the types of HPV that cause genital warts do not usually cause cancer.</p> <h3>What Are STDs?</h3> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/talk-child-stds.html/">STDs</a> (also called sexually transmitted infections or STIs) are infections that spread through sex (vaginal, oral, or anal), or close sexual contact.</p> <h3>What Are the Signs &amp; Symptoms of Genital Warts?</h3> <p>Many people infected with HPV never get warts. If warts do develop, they usually come within a few months. But sometimes, they show up years later.</p> <p>The warts can be on or near:</p> <ul> <li>the vulva, vagina, cervix, or anus in <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/female-reproductive-system.html/">females</a></li> <li>the penis, scrotum, or anus in <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/male-reproductive.html/">males</a></li> </ul> <p>Genital warts can be raised or flat, small or large. Sometimes they're grouped together in a cauliflower-like shape. Some warts can be so small and flat that they're not noticed right away.</p> <p>Most of the time, genital warts are painless. Some people, though, may have itching, bleeding, burning, or pain.</p> <h3>How Do People Get Genital Warts?</h3> <p>The HPV that causes genital warts usually spreads through vaginal, oral, or anal sex or close sexual contact with the genital area. Even if there are no warts, HPV might still be active in the genital area and can spread to others.</p> <p>It is not always possible for people to know when they got infected with HPV. This is because:</p> <ul> <li>the virus can be in the body for months to years before warts develop</li> <li>they might have had warts before that weren't noticed</li> </ul> <h3>How Are Genital Warts Diagnosed?</h3> <p>Health care providers usually can diagnose genital warts by looking at them. Sometimes, doctors take a small sample of the wart to send to a lab for testing. This usually isn't painful.</p> <h3>How Are Genital Warts Treated?</h3> <p>Treatments to remove genital warts include:</p> <ul> <li>medicines put on or into the warts</li> <li>lasers, cold, or heat put on the warts</li> <li>surgery</li> </ul> <p>Sometimes, warts come back after treatment. This is because the treatments can't get rid of all of the HPV in the body.</p> <h3>How Long Do Genital Warts Last?</h3> <p>How long genital warts last can vary from person to person. Sometimes, the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immune.html/">immune system</a> clears the warts within a few months. But even if the warts go away, the HPV might still be active in the body. So the warts can come back. Usually within 2 years, the warts and the HPV are gone from the body.</p> <h3>When Is Someone With Genital Warts No Longer Contagious?</h3> <p>People with genital warts definitely can spread HPV. But even after the warts are gone, HPV might still be active in the body. That means it can spread to someone else through sex or close sexual contact and cause warts in that person. It's hard to know when people are no longer contagious, because there's no blood test that looks for HPV.</p> <p>Most of the time, HPV is gone within 2 years of when someone was infected.</p> <h3>Can Genital Warts Be Prevented?</h3> <p>Genital warts and other types of HPV can be prevented by a vaccine. The <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hpv-vaccine.html/">HPV vaccine</a> series is recommended for all kids when they're 11&ndash;12 years old. Older teens and adults also can get the vaccine (up to age 45). Even if someone already has had one type of HPV infection, the HPV vaccine can protect against other types of HPV.</p> <p>HPV almost always spreads through sex. So the best way to prevent it is to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/abstinence.html/">not have sex</a> (vaginal, oral, or anal). If someone does decide to have sex, using a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/condoms.html/">condom</a> every time for sex (vaginal, oral, anal) helps prevent HPV and other STDs. But condoms can't always prevent HPV because they don't cover all areas where HPV can live.</p> <h3>Should Sexual Partners Be Told About Genital Warts?</h3> <p>Someone diagnosed with genital warts should have an honest conversation with sexual partners. Partners need to be seen by a health care provider who can check for genital warts and do screenings for other STDs.</p> <p>If the couple plan to continue having sex, both people need to understand that a condom will help lower the risk of spreading genital warts/HPV but can't completely prevent it.</p> <h3>Looking Ahead</h3> <p>Someone diagnosed with genital warts should:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Know that HPV can spread to partners during sex, even if there are no warts.</li> <li>Tell any sexual partners about the warts before having sex.</li> <li>Know to use a condom every time they have sex (vaginal, oral, or anal).</li> <li>Get tested for other STDs as recommended by their health care provider.</li> <li>Gets all doses of the HPV vaccine, if they haven't already.</li> </ul>Verrugas genitalesLas verrugas genitales suelen ser una enfermedad de transmisión sexual (ETS). 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