Overview STDs: genital warts

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Genital warts

Genital warts

What are genital warts?

Genital warts (also called Condyloma acominatum) are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. They are pink to grey-white warts around the genitals.  They are very contagious, but benign. Not everyone infected with HPV will develop genital warts.

How is it transmitted?

Genital warts are transmitted by sexual contact.  During touching, rubbing or intercourse, the virus is transmitted on the skin or on the mucous membrane.  The use of a condom cannot completely prevent this, because often the warts also occur outside the rim of the condom.

It is also possible to get infected via fingers or by sharing a towel or wash cloth with someone who has genital warts.


One to eight months after infection, genital warts may develop.

These pink, grey-white warts occur around the genitals or anus. They grow close together, which gives them a cauliflower-like appearance.

In women, the complaints are not very apparent because the warts may grow in between the labia, in the vagina or on the cervix.

In men, the warts are often much more obvious.  They occur on and around the base of the penis, the end of the urethra, on the scrotum or around the anus.


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