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When should I call my doctor if I have genital warts?

Genital warts are soft, flesh-colored or pinkish bumps on the genitals. They're caused by a virus, called HPV or human papillomavirus, which is spread through sexual contact. Sometimes, the warts go away without treatment. But because the HPV virus stays in the body, the warts can come back. When you first notice the warts, you should see your doctor for a correct diagnosis. After you've been diagnosed, call your doctor if the warts become uncomfortable or painful, or if they change. Treatments are available to remove warts, so talk to your doctor or dermatologist if they bother you. HPV may raise a woman's risk of cervical cancer, so regular Pap smears are usually recommended.

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