You may notice small fleshy growths, bumps or skin changes that appear on or around the genital or anal area.

They can feel soft or hard and can have a bumpy surface like a cauliflower.

Getting tested

If you think you have genital warts it’s important that you tell your GP or visit a sexual health clinic as they must be treated.

The doctor or nurse will examine you.


A range of treatments are available, including freezing the warts and creams.


Warts can sometimes come back even after treatment.

However, keeping the genital skin healthy, by washing with skin moisturisers may help as well as stopping smoking.