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Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Not all papilloma viruses cause genital warts.

How is it transmitted?
Genital warts are transmitted through sexual and membrane contact. The risk of infection can be reduced through condom use.

Small light pimples on genital membranes, which can grow into large, cauliflower-shaped clusters. Symptoms can also include painful urination, blood in the urine, thickening of the skin or mucous membrane, and itching.

The latent phase from infection to the outbreak of symptoms can vary from months to several years.

When should you get tested?
If you develop symptoms.

A curative treatment for human papillomavirus (HPV) does not exist. The objectives of treatment are to destroy the visible manifestations of the infection and help the immune system combat the virus.

There is a vaccine against the most common types of HPV that cause genital warts. The vaccine is available from pharmacies by prescription. The vaccine is ineffective if you are already infected. For this reason, you need to have the vaccine in good time before the first sexual contact. Condom use is also recommended.