Genital warts are a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can affect both men and women. They are caused by various types of human papillomavirus (HPV).
Genital warts may continue to grow and spread, or they may go away with or without treatment. A person infected with HPV may remain infected even after treatment to remove visible warts or if the warts go away without treatment. Warts often return after treatment. Pregnancy and diabetes increase the likelihood that warts will return and increase growth of existing warts.
HPV types that cause genital warts are different from those that cause common, plantar, filiform, and flat warts.
Last Revised: June 28, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Sarah Anne Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease
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