External Genital and Perianal Warts: A Common Consequence of HPV Infection
External genital and perianal warts are small growths that appear on the genitals or near the anus. Any sexually active person can get external genital or perianal warts.
External genital and perianal warts are caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). You can get external genital and perianal warts through sexual contact with someone who has HPV. HPV is more common than any other sexually transmitted infection. If you have sex with a person who has external genital warts, you have about a 60% chance of getting external genital warts.
In women, warts can grow on the vulva and in the area between the genitals and anus. In men, external genital warts can grow on the penis, scrotum, or anus.
If you have external genital and/or perianal warts, you may notice:
- Small, flesh-colored or gray swellings in your genital or anal area
- Several warts close together that take on a cauliflower-like shape
- Itching or discomfort in your genital or anal area
- Bleeding when you have sexual intercourse
But sometimes external genital and perianal warts do not cause any noticeable symptoms. You may infect your partner if you are sexually active. Only a doctor can tell you for sure whether you have external genital and/or perianal warts.
If you think you have external genital or perianal warts or have been exposed to HPV, see your dermatologist or other healthcare professional.
Talking to Your Doctor About Treating External Genital and Perianal Warts
Currently, there is no treatment for HPV, but there are several treatment options for external genital and perianal warts caused by HPV. When choosing a treatment for you, your doctor will consider the number of warts, their specific location, and other factors. The 2 methods of treatment are doctor applied and patient applied.
A doctor can use both surgical and nonsurgical treatments to remove warts. Patient-applied treatments are prescription medicines for use at home.
You should talk with your doctor about the treatment options for external genital and perianal warts.
Following is a list of questions that can help you talk with your dermatologist or other healthcare professional about external genital and perianal warts:
- Should I tell my sexual partner that I have external genital and/or perianal warts?
- Are external genital warts infectious?
- Can external genital and perianal warts come back again after treatment?
- What is the risk of cervical or penile cancer if I have external genital warts?
- Is there a treatment option that will help me stay wart free longer?
Together you and your doctor can decide which treatment option is best for you.
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