What is HPV?

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is an infection that causes genital warts. Genital warts are small usually painless growths. You can also have the virus that causes genital warts but not have any symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

Genital warts look like skin-colored bumps that show up on your vulva, vagina, cervix, penis, scrotum or anus. They resemble little pieces of cauliflower. If you notice you have these bumps it is important to get checked out by a health service provider because not all bumps are genital warts. You can be infected with human papilloma virus (HPV) but lack symptoms and still transmit it to someone else.

Should I get tested?

It is usually possible for a health service provider to diagnose through carrying out physical examination of symptoms. The bumps are easy to identify.

There are other laboratory tests that can still be done but clinical visual findings are sufficient to establish if you have contracted genital warts.

How do I get treatment?

Visit a health facility for diagnosis. There is no cure for genital warts. It is possible for your body to fight off the virus over time. However, the health service provider can prescribe medicine to apply on the warts or they can also freeze the warts or use a laser to remove the warts.