Genital Warts Pictures

Genital Warts Caused by the HPV Virus

Close up of genital warts
Close up of genital warts. Getty Images/Science Picture Co/Collection Mix: Subjects

Although HPV (human papillomavirus) doesn't always present symptoms, one of the most common symptom of HPV is genital warts. These clustered, cauliflower-like growths can affect the penis, vagina, anus, and perineum area. You may wonder if a bump or growth found anywhere in your genital region is a genital wart, or you may want to know what to look for on your sexual partner.

Where are Genital Warts Found?

The location of genital warts doesn't always match up with areas of sexual contact.

The CDC notes that while they usually occur at the site of reported contact, they can be found at sites where people report no history of sexual contact.

In women, genital warts appear inside and outside of the vagina and on the inner thighs. They can also appear on the anal region. They can be found growing in and outside of the anus and in the area between the anus and the vagina.

In men, genital warts can appear on the penis, including under the foreskin if the man is uncircumcised and on the shaft of a circumcised penis. They can appear on the scrotum, testicles, anus, groin and thighs.

Pictures of Genital Warts

Please note that these are graphic images that show male and female genitalia in detail. Please use discretion.

Male Genital Warts Photos:

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A Word About Genital Warts and HPV Photos

Several pictures of genital warts circulate the Internet that show extreme cases that are so severe that the warts block the vaginal and anal openings. Please note that cases such as these are uncommon, and these photos should not be used to compare with your personal symptoms.

If you suspect that you may have genital warts, see your doctor.

Genital warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). You cannot rely on the visual presence of genital warts to determine if someone is infected with HPV. In some cases, genital warts never appear or can appear years after contracting the virus. Do not rely on the presence or absence of warts to determine whether you or someone else has HPV. Again, it is best to talk to your doctor and get tested to see whether or not you have HPV.

Will Treatment Remove Genital Warts?

If no treatment is given, genital warts may go away on their own. Often they simply go away within one year. But it is also possible that they will grow and spread or they will remain the same. With treatment you will usually have wart-free periods, which is good for cosmetic reasons but doesn't mean you are not still able to pass HPV to sexual partners. You may still pass it along even though you are wart-free. Treatments include creams or gels that you apply yourself.

A doctor can also use cryotherapy to freeze them off or surgical removal with laser or cutting instruments.


"Anogenital Warts," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 4, 2015. 

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