Are genital warts contagious?

Genital warts are contagious. These lesions are spread from person to person, usually by vigorous skin to skin contact. The lesions can be present on the genitalia, but also on the thighs, lower abdomen, and buttocks.

Genital warts are very contagious. They're caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can spread from one person to another pretty easily, usually through sexual contact. HPV causes warts to develop on the skin near the genitals, anus, and sometimes the throat or mouth. If a person comes into contact with skin that's affected by the warts, the virus can enter into that person's body.

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