Home > Medical > Genital warts Genital warts All sections in Genital Warts » Genital Warts Overview » FAQs » HPV » Pap smear Guide » Real-life Story HPV vaccine does not spur riskier sex in teens Despite the fears of some parents and even a few doctors, girls who are vaccinated against HPV are not more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour, Sexually active gay teenagers at risk for HPV New HPV home test provides greater accuracy HPV raises throat cancer risk HPV risk greater for single men 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? » Join Health24 on Facebook » 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 HPV vaccine does not spur riskier sex in teens New vaccine provides more protection against HPV Two-thirds of US adults carry HPV Men need vaccine against anal warts, cancer See All HPV » Real-life story Warts and all See All Real-life story » From our sponsors The three stress-busting basics you can’t afford to ignore Detangle the myths from the facts Why you should try the cold or hot approach for sports-related injuries Head lice myth busters!