Genital warts are painless growths around your vagina, penis or anus that are caught during sex.
Genital warts can be caught from:
The genital warts virus can be passed on whether or not there are visible warts.
Many people with the virus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on.
If you have genital warts, your current sexual partners should get tested as they may have warts and not know it.
If symptoms do appear, it can happen over a year after infection
You cannot get genital warts from:
The visible symptoms of genital warts appear differently on male and female bodies.
Male genital warts typically appear:
Female genital warts typically appear:
Treatment for genital warts needs to be prescribed by a doctor, and the type of treatment you'll be offered depends on what your warts are like.
The doctor or nurse will discuss this with you.
There is no cure for genital warts, but its possible for your body to clear the virus over time
Genital warts can be uncomfortable or unpleasant, but are not usually dangerous.
If the warts bleed uncontrollably, you should see a doctor immediately.
If they block the opening to the urethra to the point that you are not able to urinate, you may have to go see your doctor for a genital warts removal treatment.
Genital warts can be prevented by using the following precautions:
If you have already tested positive for genital warts, you can complete a quick and simple online consultation to determine which of the medications is most suitable for you.
The consultation will be assessed by one of our Access Doctor medical practitioners, who will prescribe the most appropriate and effective medication for you, according to your medical history and overall health.
Our pharmacy team will then dispense the medication and dispatch it for next day delivery.
Our friendly team is available to help Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm.
If you need urgent assistance, do not use this service. Call 111, or in an emergency call 999.