Genital warts from HPV are growths or bumps on the skin around the genital area; vulva, vagina, cervix, penis, scrotum, urethra (urine opening), anus, groin or thigh. They may be raised warts or flat warts, single or multiple, small or large. Some HPV warts can cluster together forming a cauliflower-like shape.
Warts sometimes can be very difficult to see. Also, sometimes it is hard to tell the difference between an HPV wart and other bumps and pimples.
Diagnosis of genital warts is by visual recognition by a health care provider. Tests (e.g. biopsy) are usually not required.
Sexual health clinics provide a specialist, confidential, free of charge service to everyone.