Genital Warts (Human Papillomavirus) - Exams and Tests
A doctor usually can diagnose
genital warts using your medical history and a
physical exam. But not all HPV infections cause visible warts. If you
don't have any visible genital warts or other symptoms, it may be hard for your
doctor to diagnose HPV infection. Your doctor may ask you the following
Often chlamydia will present no symptoms. When symptoms are present, common ones include:
A clear or whitish yellow discharge from the tip of the penis
A frequent urge to urinate or a burning sensation while urinating
Redness at the tip of the penis
Mild discomfort that you may mistake for menstrual cramps
Vaginal discharge that may have a bad smell
Bleeding between periods
Pain when having sex
Itching or burning in or around t...
A Pap test screens for abnormal cells on the
cervix. Results of the Pap test may indicate an HPV
infection even though you have no visible warts.
Women over 30 may
get a screening test for HPV at the same time as a Pap test. This
HPV test looks for the
DNA (genetic information) of the virus. Women under 30
usually get the HPV test only if they have an
abnormal Pap test.4
If your doctor finds areas of abnormal tissue on the cervix (which may be
related to HPV infection), he or she may recommend treatment.
After the medical history, you will have a
physical exam for genital warts.
There is no screening test for HPV infection in men. But even though
there are no formal guidelines, some experts believe that men who receive anal
sex should have a routine anal Pap test, especially if they also have
HIV infection. Ask your doctor whether and how often
you should be tested.
For men and women
If visible warts are present, a
diagnosis can usually be made without more testing.