Treatment for genital warts needs to be prescribed by a doctor.
The type of treatment you'll be offered depends on what your warts are like. The doctor or nurse will discuss this with you.
It may take weeks or months for treatment to work, and the warts may come back. In some people the treatment does not work.
There's no cure for genital warts, but it's possible for your body to clear the virus over time.
The genital warts virus can be passed on whether or not there are visible warts.
Many people with the virus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on.
If you have genital warts, your current sexual partners should get tested as they may have warts and not know it.
If symptoms do appear, it can happen over a year after infection.
The virus can also be passed to a baby from the mother at birth, but this is rare.
You can prevent warts passing on by:
Genital warts are caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV). There are many types of HPV.
The HPV virus can stay in your skin and warts can develop again.
Warts may go away without treatment, but this can take many months. You can still pass the virus on, and the warts may come back.
Genital warts are not cancer and do not cause cancer.
The HPV vaccine offered to girls in the UK to protect against cervical cancer also protects against genital warts.
Since April 2018, the HPV vaccine has also been offered to men who have sex with men (MSM), trans men and trans women who are eligible.
Tell your midwife or doctor if:
During pregnancy, warts:
Most pregnant women with genital warts have a vaginal delivery. You might be offered a caesarean depending on your circumstances.