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Genital warts are caused by HPV. There are over 100 different types of HPV, some of which you can be vaccinated against. Warts are usually not painful and are not a serious threat to your health. Genital warts are small fleshy growths, bumps or skin changes anywhere on the genitals or around the anus or on the upper thighs. You can see pictures of genital warts on a vagina, penis and anus at NHS Choices.
If they’re in the anus, inside the vagina or on the cervix you may not know they’re there. You may just have one wart or a cluster that can look like a cauliflower. Warts can appear weeks, months or years after infection with HPV. You may only get them once, although many people find they come back. What is the link between HPV and cancer? HPV types 6 and 11 cause most cases of genital warts. They do not cause cancer of the cervix, vulva, anus or penis.