Genital warts are warts that are on or near the vagina or penis the genitals. What Causes Genital Warts? Genital warts are usually a sexually transmitted disease STD. They're caused by HPV human papillomavirus. HPV also can cause some types of cancer. But the types of HPV that cause genital warts do not usually cause cancer.
Z HPV and genital warts Human papillomavirus HPV are a group of over types of virus, including more than 40 types that involve the genitals. Three out of four females will have an HPV infection at some time in their lives. Most of the time, HPV infection is not serious, does not have any symptoms and will go away on its own without treatment. Because HPV often has no symptoms, it is easy to pass from one person to another without knowing it.