Genital human papillomavirus has become quite the common sexually transmitted disease. According to medical studies, at least half of people who are sexually active will contract HPV at some point in their lives. Unfortunately so many are unaware that they even have it because no symptoms appear. With HPV, symptoms can be visible, and not.
There are over 100 types of HPV. The warts may not always be visible but some types of HPV are associated with genital warts. Common warts from HPV types can also be found in other areas of the body, like the hands or feet.
The human papillomavirus resides in mucous membranes, like on the skin or genital area. If genital warts start appearing on your body that is an indication of HPV infection. They take on many different appearances – they can be flat, raised, flesh colored or pink. Some even look like cauliflower. There can be clusters with multiple warts or just a single wart. Genital warts may appear on the cervix, anus, scrotum, thigh, penis or groin.
Even after weeks have passed from having sexual contact with someone who’s infected with HPV, genital warts can appear. Because the warts caused by HPV may not show up for months, people are unaware that they are even infected.