|What are genital warts?|
Genital warts can appear anywhere from a few weeks to a few months after you are exposed to HPV. The warts might look like small bumps. Sometimes they are fleshy and look like small cauliflowers. They can get bigger over time or may go away on their own.
Your health care provider can usually tell if you have genital warts by looking at them. You can also develop warts inside your anal canal or around your anus. Sometimes an anoscope is used to look inside your anus to see if you have any internal warts. Genital warts are not caused by the same type HPV that causes cancer. However, if you have warts, you may have also been exposed to other types of HPV that could cause cancer.