WARNING: The Embarrassing Bodies website contains images of an explicit medical nature and nudity in a medical context.

Embarrassing Bodies, 12:45am Monday 15th February 2016 on Channel 4. Catch up for free on All 4 »

Conditions

Genital Warts

Anal warts

Is it normal to be scared of the doctor? Vote now! >

Genital warts are the most common STI seen at genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics throughout the UK. Caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), of which there are over 100 different types, most genital warts are caused by just two types of the virus (types 6 and 11). The virus is easily passed from one person to another (men and women) through sexual contact. But you don’t need to have penetrative sex to catch them, as close genital contact (skin to skin) is enough to pass it on. Most people will not develop warts and the virus will go away without treatment, but you may not know whether you or your partner has the virus. If you do get visible warts you might notice small, fleshy growths, bumps or skin changes which may appear anywhere in the genital or anal area, either externally on the skin or internally. Treatment can involve prescription creams (but not over-the-counter wart preparations); freezing them; using a laser; or surgery.

Remember that you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

What the Men in White Coats Say

Comments and Questions

The EB doctors have been looking at your comments and have answered some of the common questions below. Remember that it is always best to check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.

You can share your experiences and thoughts with other Embarrassing Bodies site-users below. Comments & Questions are reviewed by moderators, but if you see anything on the site that worries you, please report it and one of our moderators will look at it as soon as possible.
Please note: Unfortunately Channel 4 cannot respond to individual inquiries. If you have any concerns, you can check out NHS Choices, but ultimately it is always best to check with a health professional.

I have found out I had gental warts this year I have had them removed but they come back again in a diff part of the vulva, how can I prevent them coming back, also once they are froze of an completely gone can I still pass them on?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I have genital warts on my anus and penis, i had them froze at the health clinic but they didn't disappear, actually if anything they have became worse and spread. I am currently seeing a new partner and want to have sex but I'm scared of her reaction and of people knowing. is there any way I can calm the redness and the inflimation which has unfortunately arose at the worst possible time (sometimes they aren't as noticeable and could be overlooked unless looking for them) as we are talking about having foreplay and intercourse over the weekend? I am going back to the clinic next week when I have time. I will obviously use a condom but a quick response wold be appreciated





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I'm 16 years old and have been having safe sex with my boyfriend for the past year or so. However, lately I've noticed multiple tiny white head like spots on the inside of my outer lips. I'm worried about what it could be but if there is anything I could do to treat them that would be relieving. If anyone could give me some information to what this is, it would be a great help.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

hi, i would say to you, go to yr local hospital and visit the gum clinic where they will check you out. sounds like you have genital warts.. they are one of the most common sti's about.. even though yr having safe sex you can still catch the virus through close genital contact, oh and just want too say the clinic is confidential as well , go and get checked and good luck

is genital wart

i have a lump in the tip of my penis and im worried its an sti, im not sure? Its quite small but its like on/in the tip of my urethral orifice, someone help me please





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I have a wart on the inside of my left butt cheek. I've tried to freeze it off with Freeze-Away, I've used multiple topical wart remover creams, and I've even tried to cut it off and it keeps coming back. Now it looks like it's getting larger. It's one of the big puffy cauliflower ones. What section of the hospital should I go to to see about getting it removed?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I've had a treatment cream for this but I had a very bad reaction and couldn't go to the toilet, if I leave them untreated will they get worse and more visible and spread?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I think I have this but I've had since I was little. I am 17 and I'm scared to tell anyone be side my family is so judgmental. Can I go to a doctor without a parent?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

Hi I am sure I have interal anal wart but I have been to two doctors who just dismiss my claim. I can feel them though. Can you advise of a specific doctor or type of doctor I should see?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.


Please don't swear or be rude in your answers, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting answers. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

I had warts taken care of over 25 years ago without it reappearing. Now I'm with a man who has them and is in treatment for them. Knowing that the virus is still in my body, will the warts reappear now that I've been sexually active with him?





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

i had a grey bump on my lower shaft i probably had it for over a year or too never really paid attention to it. i noticed another one close to it a few days ago idk how longs its been there. not sure what it is but i have been really freaked out. I've had regular unrpotected sex with my previous ex gf and she has never had any signs of any bumps on her body. i ended up kinda of removing the two grey bumps it didn't really hurt or bother me(maybe one drop of blood and not really anything coming out of it) after wards it kinds of looks like i got cut on my body to the white skin. it doesn't look appealing but its not sore or anything I'm really freaking out.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.


Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your comment.



Please don’t swear or be rude in your comments, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting comments. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines

It looks like no one else has asked this question, so please fill in the rest of your details below.





This will be published. Surnames, nicknames or usernames are not allowed


Your email address will be kept confidential and will NOT be published – it is only being collected here in case Channel 4 need to contact you in relation to your answer.



Please don't swear or be rude in your questions, as they will not be added to the site. Please do not use your full name when posting questions. If in doubt, refer to the community guidelines

Questions submitted to the site will be answered by other site users, not by medical professionals, so if you have a medical concern, please book an appointment with your GP.

By posting on this website you are agreeing to abide by our community guidelines


Important Notice

The information provided on this website (including any NHS Choices medical information) is for use as information or for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. We do not warrant that any information included within this site will meet your health or medical requirements. This Embarrassing Bodies site does not provide any medical or diagnostic services so you should always check with a health professional if you have any concerns about your health.


If you want to embed our videos in your site, read our embedding T&Cs here


More Information

  1. Doctor Responses: Genital Warts

    In Videos - Dr Christian explains where genital warts come from, what can be do…

  2. Consultation: Anal Warts

    In Videos - Dr Dawn Harper diagnoses a patient with anal warts

  3. Quick Health Advice: Warts and Verrucas

    In Videos - Dr McKenna looks at the causes of warts and verrucas and some of th…

  4. Teens Below the Belt

    In Episodes - Episode 4 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies tackles conditions includi…

  5. Boys, Boys, Boys

    In Episodes - Episode 3 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies takes a closer look at bin…

  6. Vaginas

    In Episodes - The EI team roll into Norwich to setup a clinic in one of the count…

  7. Am I Normal?

    In Episodes - Episode 2 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies looks at conditions includ…

  8. Breasts

    In Episodes - In this second of four specials, the Embarrassing Illnesses doctors…

  9. Men

    In Episodes - The EI Docs go in search of the most elusive creature in the doctor…

  10. Consultation: Vaginal Prolapse

    In Videos - Dr Harper examines a woman who has suffered a prolapsed vagina afte…

  11. Bodies Behaving Badly

    In Episodes - Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions includ…

  12. Consultation: Soreness on the Penis

    In Videos - A patient is examined for soreness around his penis

  13. Consultation: Second Adult Circumcision

    In Videos - Dr Jessen examines a patient in need of a new circumcision

  14. Quick Health Advice: Piles

    In Videos - Dr Jessen passes on some advice about the causes of piles and the p…

  15. Doctor Responses: Haemorrhoids

    In Videos - Dr Christian tackles the most popular viewer questions about proble…


More Information

Content supplied by NHS Choices

Genital warts are an infection of the skin of the genital and anal area, and the mucous membranes (lining) of the vagina, cervix and rectum. They are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Read More »

Am I Normal?

Share, explore, vote, watch… Am I Normal? is a bold new Channel 4 project that will redefine what you think of as ‘normal’.

Visit Am I Normal? >