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What do genital warts look like?

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Updated April 04, 2014

Question: What do genital warts look like?
What do genital warts look like? How do I know if I have them?
Answer: Genital warts appear as flesh-toned or gray growths that are raised or flat on, in and around the genitals. They can grow in clusters that resemble cauliflower, or they can appear singularly.

In women, genital warts appear inside and outside of the vagina and inner thighs. They can also appear on the anal region, growing in and outside of the anus. In men, genital warts can appear on the penis, scrotum, testicles, anus, groin and thighs.

Genital warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). You cannot rely on the visual presence of genital warts to determine if someone is infected with HPV. In some cases, genital warts never appear or can appear years after contracting the virus.

Several pictures of genital warts circulate on the Internet. These are often extreme cases that are so severe that they block the vaginal and anal openings. Please note that cases such as these are uncommon, and these photos should not be used to compare with your personal symptoms. If you suspect that you may have genital warts, see your doctor. It is never a good idea to self-diagnose any condition!

Pictures of Genital Warts

Please note that these are graphic images that show male and female genitalia in detail.

Male Genital Warts Photos:


Female Genital Warts Photos:


Sources: Centers for Disease and Prevention."Sexually Transmitted Disease Guidelines 2006." Sep 2006. 01 May 2008.
http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/

National Immunization Program. "HPV Vaccine Q and A." 07 July 2006. Centers for Disease Control. 01 May 2008.
http://www.cdc.gov/std/Hpv/STDFact-HPV-vaccine.htm

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