You get genital warts through vaginal, oral, and anal sexual contact. This includes both penetrative sex and sexual activities where there is skin-to-skin contact. If you have genital warts, it is common to not notice any symptoms. If you do get symptoms, they will most likely show up anytime from a few weeks to many months after sexual contact. Symptoms are usually painless bumps on your genitals or around your anus. They can also be inside your genitals.
Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection STI. They are small lumps on the genitals which you can see or feel. They are usually painless. They are caused by the human papilloma virus HPV. Genital warts can be on the:. Sexually transmitted infection STI — any infection or disease that can be passed from one person to another during sexual activity.
Back to Health A to Z. HPV is the name of a very common group of viruses. They do not cause any problems in most people, but some types can cause genital warts or cancer. You do not have to have sexual contact with a lot of people to get HPV.
This virus is passed on through direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who has HPV on their skin. It can be passed from person to person during vaginal and anal sex. It's also rarely passon on through oral sex. The virus may be present on the skin but no actual warts can be seen.