Genital Warts (cont.)
Genital Warts Symptoms (HPV)
Although genital warts are painless, they may be bothersome because of their
location, size, or due to itching.
- The size may range from less than one millimeter (1 mm = 0.039 inches) across to several square
centimeters (1 cm = 0.39 inches) when many warts join together.
- Men and women with genital warts will often complain of painless bumps,
itching, and discharge.
- Rarely, bleeding or urinary obstruction may be the initial problem
when the wart involves the urethral opening (the opening where urine exits the
- Warts in more than one area are common.
- There may be a history of previous
sexually transmitted diseases
- In men, genital warts can infect the
area. The warts can appear as soft, raised masses with a surface that can be
smooth (on the penile shaft) or rough with many fingerlike projections (anal
warts). Others may appear pearly, cauliflower-like, or rough with a slightly
dark surface. Most lesions are raised, but some may be flat with only slight
elevation above the skin surface. Sometimes lesions may be hidden by hair or in the inner aspect of the
uncircumcised foreskin in males.
- In women, genital warts have a similar appearance and usually occur in the
moist areas of the labia minora and vaginal opening. Lesions visible on the
outer genitals warrant a thorough examination of the vaginal canal, cervix, and
anorectal area. Most vaginal warts occur without symptoms. Rarely, women may
experience bleeding after sexual intercourse, itching, or
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