What is it? A viral infection of the genitalia caused by the HPV virus.

 

How common is it? Warts are the second most common STI after chlamydia.

 

How can I catch it? By skin-to-skin contact, such as that during vaginal or anal sex or they may be transferred by sharing sex toys.

 

What are the symptoms? Small, fleshy skin growths that appear on or around the genital area. They are not usually painful.

 

How is it diagnosed? By examination of the skin and vaginal examination in women.

 

What is the treatment? Creams to shrink the warts or laser treatment to remove them. Girls are given a vaccination against HPV and there is a campaign to include boys too here.

 

What is the prognosis? Good. They are painless and do not cause any serious problems, however they are unsightly and cause psychological distress.