Anogenital warts


  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) transmission is from direct skin-to-skin contact with apparent or subclinical lesions and contact with genital secretions. Micro-abrasions in the recipient’s skin allow viral access to the basal cells of the epithelium.
  • Most HPV infections are asymptomatic.
  • Most anogenital warts are caused by HPV types 6 and 11 and infection results in type-specific protection.
  • The long latent period, just as with herpes, means that the presence of warts in only one partner does not necessarily imply recent infidelity.