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Penile warts

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Penile warts

What are penile warts?

A wart is a small, benign (non-cancerous) growth on the skin.

Both men and women can get warts in their genital area (genital warts). In men, when genital warts appear on the penis, they are known as penile warts or condyloma.

This is a sexually transmitted condition caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is responsible for carrying other types of warts as well.

How are penile warts spread?

Penile warts are spread through sexual contact.

What do penile warts look like?

Genital warts, including penile warts, can be flat or have a rough cauliflower-like texture. They can be flesh-coloured, pink or grey-white in colour. A person can have one or multiple warts.

What are the symptoms of penile warts?

Symptoms are not always present, however, the most common symptoms are:

  • Pain.
  • Itching.
  • Burning.

These symptoms may become more obvious during sexual intercourse.

How can I make sure I won't get penile warts?

Unless you can be sure your partner is not infected, use a condom. However remember that you can get warts on genital areas other than your penis.

What if I already have penile warts?

Visit your doctor immediately to discuss the best course of treatment. It is important that both you and your partner are treated for any type of genital wart.

How long do penile warts last?

Genital warts may go away quickly or they may last for years. They can eventually go away on their own; however in such cases, you will still have the HPV virus in your system, so warts may return at a later date. This is why it is essential that you seek medical advice.

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