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Genital warts

Genital warts are painless growths around your vagina, penis or anus that are caught during sex.

Symptoms of genital warts include growths or lumps around the vagina, penis and anus.

Genital warts can be treated with creams and liquids, surgery or freezing. You can get treatment from a sexual health clinic.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of genital warts include growths or lumps around the vagina, penis and anus.

Go to a sexual health clinic if you have:

You could have genital warts.

Go if you have 1 or more of these symptoms so you can find the cause.

Treatment can help get rid of the warts and prevent the infection being passed on.

Read more on the NHS website.

Genital warts can be treated with creams and liquids, surgery or freezing. You can get treatment from a sexual health clinic.

Medical treatments

Treatment for genital warts needs to be prescribed by a doctor.

The type of treatment you'll be offered depends on what your warts are like. The doctor or nurse will discuss this with you.

  • cream or liquid: you can usually apply this to the warts yourself a few times a week for several weeks, but in some cases you may need to go to the clinic every week for a doctor or nurse to apply it – these treatments can cause soreness, irritation or a burning sensation
  • surgery: a doctor or nurse can cut, burn or laser the warts off – this can cause irritation or scarring
  • freezing: a doctor or nurse freezes the warts, usually every week for 4 weeks – this can cause soreness

It may take weeks or months for treatment to work, and the warts may come back. In some people the treatment does not work.

There's no cure for genital warts, but it's possible for your body to clear the virus over time.

Read more on the NHS website.