Warts are a viral sexually transmitted infection (STI).
They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which can be passed on during sexual contact. Some HPV viruses are linked to the development of cervical cancer but all girls aged 12/13 are offered the HPV vaccination in school. It is rare for genital warts to cause any long term health problems; they are just not very nice to look at. Some strains of the virus have been implicated in head and neck cancer in men so they should use a dental dam when they give oral sex.
Symptoms might include:
- Flat or small bumps
- Cauliflower-like bumps
If you have any of the symptoms above it is best to get checked out- a doctor or nurse can usually tell you whether they are warts just by looking at them. They can be treated through a variety of methods including using creams or freezing them, a Sexual Medicine clinic will be able to advise and treat you.