HPV and Genital Warts

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, with more than 20 million Americans currently infected. Learn more about HPV and Genital Warts ›

Genital Warts Facts

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of more than 100 kinds of viruses. These viruses can cause warts, such as genital warts. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Also called papillomas, genital warts are noncancerous tumors that may show up in or on the genital tract. There are more than 30 kinds of genital HPVs. To differentiate between the types of HPV, each has a number, such as HPV-16. Some of these have been linked to different kinds of cancer, including cervical, penile, anal, and oral cancers.

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Answers to Questions About HPV

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, with more than 20 million Americans currently infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

HPV is most common in women and men in their late teens and early 20s. By age 50, at least 80 percent of women will have acquired HPV infection. Learning about HPV can help you avoid infection and seek treatment, if necessary.

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Genital Warts (Condyloma)

Genital warts (also called condyloma) are caused by a virus that is often transmitted sexually. This virus is known as human papillomavirus  (HPV). The warts are often so tiny that they are hard to see. But even tiny warts can cause big trouble, especially in women. Genital warts can cause cell changes that can lead to genital cancers such as cervical cancer. Warts can even be passed to babies during childbirth.

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Genital HPV: Diagnosis and Treatment

Genital HPV is often detected during a routine exam. Your healthcare provider may ask if you are sexually active, and if you have had dysplasia or genital warts before. You may also be checked for signs of other sexually transmitted infections. Genital HPV can’t be cured, but its effects can be treated.

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For Teens: What You Should Know About Genital Warts

Genital warts are also called condyloma. This disease is spread by skin-to-skin contact, mainly during sex. The warts can be bumps. Or you may not be able to see them at all. The warts grow in or around the sex organs. Some people notice no symptoms. Other people notice itching, pain, or bleeding.

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Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) affects about 20 million people in the United States, making it the most common sexually transmitted infection. No less than half of all sexually active men and women will become infected with the virus at some point.