Back to Health A to Z. Genital warts are a common sexually transmitted infection STI passed on by vaginal and anal sex, sharing sex toys and, rarely, by oral sex. Treatment from a sexual health clinic can help. Call a sexual health clinic if you need help or advice. Only go to a clinic if you've been told to.
This virus is passed on through direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who has HPV on their skin. It can be passed from person to person during vaginal and anal sex. It's also rarely passon on through oral sex.
You get genital warts through vaginal, oral, and anal sexual contact. This includes both penetrative sex and sexual activities where there is skin-to-skin contact. If you have genital warts, it is common to not notice any symptoms. If you do get symptoms, they will most likely show up anytime from a few weeks to many months after sexual contact. Symptoms are usually painless bumps on your genitals or around your anus.