How do I avoid getting genital warts?
Wearing a condom during sex may lower the chance of getting infected with the virus that causes genital warts. The virus can infect areas of the skin not covered by the condom2. There is a vaccine available that can prevent you from getting genital warts.
What would happen if I don’t treat it?
Without treatment, genital warts will commonly go away within 1 year, however in other cases the warts won’t go away without treatment2.
Treatment may help to prevent spreading the infection to your partner(s)2.
Do I need to tell my partner(s)?
If you are diagnosed with genital warts, you need to tell your sexual partner(s). It’s important that they know so that they can get tested.