Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
Infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) usually does not cause any symptoms and does not always produce visible genital warts. Some types of HPV cause cell changes to the cervix that can cause an abnormal Pap test.
When symptoms do develop, they usually occur 2 to 3 months after infection. But symptoms have been known to occur from 3 weeks to many years after infection.
Symptoms that may occur with genital warts include:
Genital warts can be different sizes and shapes.
- They may be large, or they may be too small to be seen with the naked eye. They may appear individually or in groups.
- Warts may look like tiny bunches of cauliflower or like flat, white areas that are very difficult to see.
- In women and men, warts may appear in the groin, on and around the genitals, in the urethra, or in the rectum or anus.
- In women:
- In men:
Symptoms of genital warts may be similar to those of other conditions.