Do genital warts affect men differently than women?

Genital warts affect men and women in mostly the same ways, but the location of the warts may vary depending on your sex. Men may develop genital warts on the penis, scrotum, or anus. In women, warts may affect the vulva, vagina, and cervix. Certain types of HPV (the virus responsible for genital warts) may increase the risk for genital cancers in men and women. Because of this, women are encouraged to get regular Pap tests to screen for any internal abnormalities. There are no HPV-related cancer screening tests available for men. Males and females are both encouraged to get vaccinated against HPV.

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