The virus that causes genital warts (venereal warts) is caused from human-papillomavirus (Hpv)- however; not all Hpv types cause genital warts. Hpv warts are soft, moist, pink or flesh-colored bumps. You can have one or many of these bumps. In women, the warts usually occur in or around the vagina, the cervix or around the anus.
Some genital warts can be painful and others, you won't even know you have them unless you look for them. In men, genital warts are less common but might occur on the tip of the penis or the shaft. If you do check yourself for these, you may want to check thoroughly in the pubic region; especially if you have a lot of pubic hair. Genital warts or bumps can be hard to see or find, but you should be able to feel around for them with the tip of your finger. You will feel any that are raised bumps. -See Pictures of genital warts>
You may even considering getting a flashlight and a mirror, especially to look for the flat warts. Try doing what makes you feel comfortable enough doing. Some genital warts are raised bumps and others can be cauliflower like bumps. There are other Hpv warts that are flat which means you cannot feel them; that is where the mirror and flashlight come in handy. The Hpv strain that causes genital warts are not the same strain that causes cancers. Hpv strain 16 and 18, are responsible for over 70% of all cervical cancer diagnoses. The Hpv warts are normally not be same strain of Hpv that causes cervical cancer.
Hpv is a STD (Sexually transmitted disease) so your partner needs to be made aware if you have Hpv or any symptoms, such as warts. After treatment of the warts, the CDC recommends you wait 2 weeks before having sexual contact again with your partner or until the area is healed.
Make sure to read about human papillomavirus. The information provided explains in detail Hpv and how it can cause certain cancers. You can get Hpv from being intimate with an infected partner; whether or not the warts are visible. Using protection greatly reduces, but does not really completely stop the risk of getting or spreading Hpv. The warts might disappear on their own. If the warts seem to not go away, the CDC recommends that you see your Doctor to treat or remove them. The Hpv infection can stay in your body even after treatment; so warts can come back throughout your lifetime.
If you experience the recurrence of any warts, you still need to get them treated however; each time you see one or if you get an exam & they find any.
It's roughly around 10 to 15 yrs. time frame from the process of progression. Because of the time frame, it can provide plenty of time for early detection to get treatment of the precancerous lesion, but you still should get checked.