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Can I have genital warts without even realizing it?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

It's possible for people to have genital warts without even realizing it. Even if warts are visible, they may be small and may not cause any other symptoms. Sometimes, genital warts may form in areas that aren't very easily seen, such as inside the vagina and in the anus. When genital warts form on internal areas like the cervix, warts are often very small and flat, and they can't be seen without using special magnifying tools. Because of this, it's important for women to have regular Pap tests to look for any abnormalities that may be caused by genital warts.

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