Anogenital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). It is usually spread through sexual contact.
Anogenital warts are usually diagnosed by visual inspection by a healthcare provider. If there is any uncertainty, a biopsy may be taken and analyzed.
Differential diagnosis includes other skin lesions such as molluscum contagiosum, condyloma acuminatum, and genital herpes.
Treatment for anogenital warts can range from topical creams and ointments to laser therapy and cryotherapy.
The prognosis for anogenital warts is usually good with proper treatment. However, recurrence is possible and the virus that causes the warts may remain in the body even after treatment. It is important to practice safe sex to prevent the spread of the virus.