How do I know if I have genital warts?

by Rachel on November 15, 2011

I have little bumps on my sexual organs. And have had sex. I am not sure if it is genital warts or another std. I am scared and want to know what It looks like and If I have it or not. And if it can be complete cured if I do?

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preciousmama8374 November 15, 2011 at 11:31 pm

by seeing a docter and having those bumps diagnosed

Marian the Librarian November 15, 2011 at 11:52 pm

A great place to find information on health issues is the National Library of Medicine. From their web site ( I found the link below, which gives a good description. Please also go to your doctor very soon!

JAF November 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm

You should go to your physician or a city/county health clinic. Genital warts (caused by human papiloma virus or HPV) are the most common STD in the US.

You really should be checked – HPV and other STDs can cause long term complications, including cervial cancer and sterility. It may be something that can be easily treated with antibiotics. Any sexual partners should be checked and treated as well to prevent further spread.

nostalgia88 November 16, 2011 at 12:04 am

Don’t panic! It sounds like they just showed up, and if they did, you’ve taken the first step to getting rid of them – or at least preventing them from interfering with you long-term.

I’m not sure if you are a male or female, but here’s my advice…

If you’re MALE:
It probably is genital warts. They are caused by HPV, which is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the sexually active population. The CDC estimates that about half of sexually active men and women will acquire this virus at some point in their lives. But not all of them will show up with warts, which could be due to a number of reasons. With you, chances are your immune system wasn’t equipped to handle whichever version of HPV you got, and so now you’re showing up with warts. Fine. Go see a doctor (or find a clinic in your area if you do not want to tell your parents or do not have health insurance), who will diagnose your condition and give you a topical treatment for the warts. THE HARD PART: You know that you have HPV, and you know it’s a strain that causes genital warts. This means that you have a responsibility to inform your sexual partner/s (now and possible future partners) of this condition. Make sure you BOTH know the ramifications of engaging in sexual activity BEFORE going there. You will be the most evil of evil people if you infect a woman without her knowing, or being able to protect herself, and possibly developing cancer or becoming sterile because of it.

If you’re FEMALE:
Usually genital warts appear inside the sexual organs, but sometimes they will also appear on the outside. It’s okay. The first thing you will need is a Pap smear, so that your ob/gyn can detect any abnormal cell changes. If there ARE changes, you will probably need to get the cells biopsied. Don’t worry, it’s a short procedure that will just tell your doctor if those cells are likely to cause cancer anytime soon. If there AREN’T changes, just continue to monitor those cells by getting a repeat Pap every 3-4 months until you and your doctor feel comfortable.
The endgoal of all this is that the HPV you gotten does not end up causing cancer or leaving you sterile, which happens in a SMALL portion of the population infected with HPV. You may have to go in for surgery to remove the abnormal cells, but these procedures are all NO BIG DEAL compared to the pain and heartache that could lay ahead of you.
And – same as the boys – if you know that you have HPV you have the responsibility to inform your current and future partners before they have sex with you. It’s just a matter of respect.

There is no cure for HPV because there is no cure for any virus out there. What usually happens is that your own immune system, over time, develops the ability to kick the virus out on its own.

I know it’s a scary thing, but trust me…there are a lot of people who have gone through the exact same thing as you, and who were scared, but did the right thing: got diagnosed, got treated, and got a wake-up call. STDs happen to a LOT of people, and usually you don’t think it could happen to you until it does. Just make sure that you’re informed, your partner is informed, and that you have the best support system in place when you need it.

msprong November 16, 2011 at 12:06 am

My advice is to get checked out as soon as possible. If it is an STD, like Nostalgia88 said, be up front with your partner and any future partners. You can really mess up someone’s life if you don’t.

web master November 16, 2011 at 12:40 am

often they look like colliflower and grow rapidly highly conta,also if you put white vinagar on them and they crust over wam you got s.t.d. warts are treatable have your doctor check them out as this can be very bad for a woman to get very bad.

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