Genital warts are warts that develop on or around the penis, vagina or anus. They are considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Genital warts develop following an infection of the skin or mucous membranes with type 6 or 11 of the Human Papilloma virus (HPV). Not everyone who comes into contact with the virus will develop genital warts.
There are also silent carriers. Silent carriers are those who carry the virus but do not present symptoms. Genital warts are pinkish-red or grey-white in color and vary in size from 1 and 5 mm. They are often grouped closely together and therefore have a ‘cauliflower’ appearance. Genital warts are highly contagious and can be difficult to treat. But they are not dangerous.