How Do You Get Genital Warts?

Have you just been diagnosed with genital warts? Many people are diagnosed and spend some time trying to figure out how they got them. How do you get genital warts? Are some people more susceptible than others? These are common questions that just about everyone has, even people who have not been diagnosed with the disease but would like to avoid getting it.

The Transmission of Genital Warts

The question is how do you get genital warts and the short answer is by having sex. Genital warts are considered a sexually transmitted disease because they are usually contracted when people are having sex. Genital warts are generally the result of contact with the genitals of someone who is already infected. You can get the disease though vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Some people actually get the disease from their mothers when they are being born, though this is much more rare. Most people who are passing on the disease don’t realize that they have it.

In rarer cases genital warts can be contracted through prolonged contact with clothing, towels, or bathing suits of someone who is infected. This is not at common because many people don’t contract the disease after having sex with an infected person for weeks at a time. Many people will contract the disease after only six weeks, though others may never actually get it. Each person has a different immune system, and thus a different experience with genital warts.

After you contract the disease you will not immediately become symptomatic. Most people take two to four months to begin showing signs and symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Small flesh or gray colored swellings or bumps in your genital region
  • A grouping of warts anywhere on your body that have a cauliflower like appearance
  • Any itching or discomfort in your genital region
  • Bleeding during or after intercourse

Some people never become symptomatic after being infected, so don’t assume that just because you do not have symptoms that you don’t have the disease. Most people will become symptomatic, if they are going to be, within nine months. Once you become symptomatic and treat the warts that is not it, there is not a cure for the disease, which means at any time the warts could return and that you could potentially infect anyone else that you have sexual contact with, even if you use a condom.