Genital warts are a sexually transmitted disease, which means they can be spread through any type of sex, including oral sex. The infection is caused by a virus (the human papillomavirus, or HPV) that is spread from person to person through skin contact. That means that any kind of sex - vaginal intercourse, anal sex, and oral sex - can spread genital warts. Genital warts cause growths that form most commonly on the genitals and in the anus, but if a person has oral sex with an infected person, warts may develop in the throat and mouth.
- Q What is the rate of incidence of genital warts?
- Q How are genital warts transmitted?
- Q Where does human papillomavirus (HPV) cause genital warts?
- Q What causes genital warts in teens?
- Q What increases my risk for genital warts (human papillomavirus)?
- Q Can I get genital warts again even if I've already had them once?