Genital Warts/Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Genital warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 100 types of HPV. Some produce warts — plantar warts on the feet, common hand warts, juvenile warts, butcher's warts, and genital warts. About 30 types of HPV can infect the genital area — the vulva, vagina, cervix, rectum, anus, penis, or scrotum. Some types may cause genital warts. Other types cause changes in cells and increase the risk of cervical and other certain types of cancers. Most types seem to have no harmful effect at all. There is no cure for genital warts. There are treatments to help remove the visible warts.

For more information on symptoms of genital warts, how it is spread, how it is treated, and how it is prevented, see below:

Genital Warts/Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Basics

Genital Warts/Human Papillomavirus

External Links

  • Genital Warts/HPV Disease Information
    CDC overview of genital warts: signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • American Social Health Association: HPV
    American Social Health Association overview of HPV: signs and symptoms, transmission, complications, prevention. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • CDC: HPV
    Attention: Non-MDH link

  • HPV: Promoting Early Adolescent Vaccination (Health Plan Initiative) Attention: Non-MDH link
    The HPV performance improvement initiative is a collaborative effort by nine health plans contracted to provide quality improvement projects targeted at the Medicaid population in Minnesota. The goals of the initiative are to promote awareness of the HPV vaccination and to increase the percentage of females that receive vaccination. Learn more about the intervention strategies and resources available for providers on this site.

  • STD Treatment Guidelines
    CDC’s latest treatment guidelines for STDs. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • CDC's Image Library
    Image library from CDC's Public Health Image Library (PHIL). Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Minnesota Family Planning and STD Hotline
    Toll-free hotline for confidential information about the prevention, testing locations and treatment of STDs in Minnesota. (1-800-78-FACTS)
    Attention: Non-MDH link

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Updated Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 02:30PM