Home > Medical > Genital warts Genital warts All sections in Genital Warts » Genital Warts Overview » FAQs » HPV » Pap smear Guide » Real-life Story Sexually active gay teenagers at risk for HPV Gay teenagers who have had at least four sexual partners are at increased risk of contracting human papillomavirus, a study suggests. New HPV home test provides greater accuracy HPV raises throat cancer risk HPV risk greater for single men Cervical cancer vaccines cut rates of HPV infections See All Genital warts News » Genital warts Overview How can genital warts be prevented? What are the causes of genital warts? What are genital warts? How are genital warts treated? What are the symptoms of genital warts? What is Genital warts? Genital warts have been described since ancient times. The viruses that cause the warts are varieties of the human papillomavirus (HPV). These viruses have an incubation period (interval between exposure to infection and appearance of the first symptom) of one to eight months. The infectivity (risk of infecting others) is highest soon after development of the lesion. Transmission is usually sexual, with more than 50% of contacts being affected. Their appearance around the anus may be related to anal intercourse, but not necessarily. The entire lower genital tract is usually involved, although it may be without obvious symptoms. Take Action Quiz Are you ready for sex? » Talk Heart to heart » Ask Sexologist » Check Are you a sex addict? » Genital warts (GRAPHIC IMAGES) 5 body flaws advertisement FAQs Can men get HPV? Is there a test for genital warts? What do genital warts look like? Can men be tested for HPV? See All FAQs » Pap smear guide Importance of having a pap smear Pap smear FAQ's Fewer Pap smears recommended Cervix screening updated See All Pap smear guide » HPV Two-thirds of US adults carry HPV Men need vaccine against anal warts, cancer Partial HPV vaccination may not stop cervical cancer HPV vaccine for gay men? See All HPV » Real-life story Warts and all See All Real-life story » From our sponsors A number of good reasons why saving the tooth is a better option Breakfast like a King Alzheimer’s disease – incurable but preventable Cancer is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many.