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One of the most common sexually transmitted diseases is venereal warts. Transmission generally occurs through skin-to-skin contact during vaginal, anal, or (in rare cases) oral sex with an infected individual. While also rare, venereal warts transmission can occur when a pregnant woman with the condition passes the virus to her baby during vaginal delivery.
Venereal warts (also known as condyloma acuminata or genital warts) are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Like many STDs, genital HPV infections often do not have signs and symptoms that can be seen or felt. One study reported that almost half of women infected with HPV had no obvious symptoms. If you are infected but have no symptoms, you can still spread HPV and venereal warts to your sexual partner.
Venereal warts are highly contagious. They are most often transmitted by skin-to-skin contact during vaginal, anal, or (in rare cases) oral sex with someone who is infected. About two-thirds of people who have sexual contact with a partner with venereal warts will develop warts, usually within three months of contact.
Venereal warts are not always spread through penetrating sex. Some studies have shown that in female virgins, the condition may also be transmitted through nonpenetrating sexual contact.
In women, the warts occur on the outside and inside of the vagina, on the opening to the uterus (cervix), or around the anus.
In men, venereal warts are less common. If present, they are usually seen on the tip of the penis. Venereal warts also may be found on the shaft of the penis, on the scrotum, or around the anus.
In rare cases, venereal warts can develop in your mouth or throat if you have oral sex with an infected person.