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Understanding Genital Warts -- Symptoms

Medically Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on July 20, 2021

What Are the Symptoms of Genital Warts?

The symptoms of genital warts include:

  • Painless, flesh-colored or grayish-white growths on the outside or inside of the vagina or cervix or around the anus, thigh, scrotum, or penis that may develop a cauliflower-like appearance and involve more than one area.
  • Itchiness or mild soreness in the genital area.

Call Your Doctor About Genital Warts If:

You develop any of these symptoms or a sexual partner has been diagnosed with genital warts or thinks they have them. They are contagious and may require medical treatment.

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Sources

SOURCES:

FDA news release: "FDA Approves New Indication for Gardasil to Prevent Genital Warts in Men and Boys."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Genital Warts."

CDC: "Genital Warts."

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