While many people may not realize they are infected with HPV, non-cancer-causing types of HPV, especially types 6 and 11, can lead to genital warts.
As one of the few visible side effects of HPV infection, genital warts are often the only indication of HPV. They can occur both externally on the body or internally (inside the anus, throat/mouth, and vagina). Typically they appear as:
Genital warts are often painless but itching or burning may accompany them. Uncommonly, genital warts may bleed when disrupted.
Vaginal Genital Warts:
Genital warts can appear on the external skin of the vulva, vagina, anus/buttocks, or thighs, and the internal membranes (the inside) of the urethra, vagina, cervix, and rectum.
Genital Warts in Penises:
Genital warts can appear on the external skin of the penis, anus/buttocks, scrotum, or thighs and the internal membrane (the inside) of the urethra and rectum.
The strains of HPV which can lead to genital warts can also cause warts in the throat and mouth. These warts will often not be visible and are identifiable by their symptoms, which may include:
People with penises experience higher rates of oral HPV, especially if they smoke. Persons living with HIV have an elevated incidence rate of HPV and are more likely to develop genital warts as a result of HPV infection.
Genital warts often appear as flesh-colored bumps and are commonly found in the genital area including around or on the anus, penis, vagina, and groin.
Genital warts themselves are not transmittable. But the HPV virus which can lead to warts is highly contagious & transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact.