Auckland Sexual Health Service
Public Service, Sexual Health
Genital warts are caused by infection with human papilloma virus (HPV). Most people who have genital HPV infection do not have any symptoms, but those who do have symptoms develop genital lumps.
The types of HPV affecting the genital area are different from those causing warts on the hands or other areas of the body.
HPV is transmitted by genital skin contact with an infected sexual partner.
The diagnosis is made by the presence of warts on the genital skin.
Genital warts can be removed by freezing, applying medication or burning with electrical heat or laser. Don’t use over-the-counter treatments for warts on sensitive genital skin.
Removal of the warts does not mean the virus is removed. It will remain in the skin for months to years, and the warts may recur.