To better understand the potential complications caused by HPV, review the statistics and facts on genital warts below. These points may provide the basic information you need to identify the condition and seek help.
See the basics in the facts below:
- Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
- HPV is passed through sexual contact.
- In some patients, HPV causes small, flesh-colored bumps called warts to appear in the genital area or inside the vagina.
- HPV, even when asymptomatic, can cause life threatening precancerous changes to the cervix and anus.
- HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer.
- Genital warts are usually diagnosed through physical exam and pap smear.
- Genital warts may resolve on their own, or may need treatment or removal.
- Even when treated, patients can still pass HPV to sexual partners.
Find out more about genital warts by contacting Florida Hospital.