Pharmacy Corner
Common STIs – Anywhere but there! What happens when I get genital warts?

Most people don’t have any symptoms when they are infected with the HPV virus. If the warts occur they are small, grey/flesh coloured and cauliflower-like shaped on the skin3. They can cause itching and discomfort in some people3. Symptoms can take months to appear, which can make it difficult to figure out who gave you the genital warts4.

What should I do if I think I have genital warts?

You should see a doctor if you or your partner notices any unusual bumps or warts developing in the genital area3.

How is it treated?

There are several options that your doctor may use to treat the warts. These treatments don’t cure the infection, they only get rid of the wart2. After treatment, the warts may come back and require another round of treatment2.

Do not use over the counter wart removers as they don’t work for genital warts and can make the symptoms worse3.