Type: Virus - The human papillomavirus (HPV) - HPV actually refers to a group of more than 60 viruses, but not all of these 60 cause sexually transmitted disease in humans.
Symptoms: Genital warts look like clusters of flesh-colored cauliflower bumps on your genitals. Since these warts can pop up inside a woman's vagina, they may be hard to see on her.
Incubation Period: About 2 to 4 months, but since infections are harder to get than bacterial ones, it can take from four to six weeks to infect a partner with HPV. It can take up to nine months to see if you are infected from a partner. Keep in mind, genital warts are very, very contagious!
Treatment: Because warts are caused by a virus, they cannot be cured. However, there are chemicals that can burn them off your body. Genital warts can also be frozen or cut off, or removed with a laser. There is a good chance that they will come back again even after removal.
Left Untreated: The is a link between genital warts and cervical cancer. There is also a link between HPV and cancers of the vagina and penis. So, if you are diagnosed with genital warts, you are at higher risk for developing one of these cancers later on in life.
Vaccination: You must be vaccinated BEFORE you get genital warts, that is why many parents are vaccinating their daughters before they become sexually active. It is a personal decision whether to do this or not.
The vaccine Gardasil® protects against four types of HPV. These together cause 70% of cervical cancers and genital warts, according to the CDC. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.) This vaccine is a series of three, not just one vaccine. For more information about the Gardasil vaccine, visit their web site.
See Anal Warts for help with those. Also caused by HPV.