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Genital warts

Genital warts are caused by a virus and are passed by skin to skin contact.

What are the symptoms?

They may appear as little lumps or spots on the skin or may cause an itch.

Not all lumps or spots on the genitals are warts. However, if you are concerned, it’s important to have a check-up.

Warts may appear anytime from two weeks to a year, sometimes even longer after contact with the virus. Warts are easily treated but may take a little while to resolve.

Find out more about genital warts.

16-34 year olds make up just over a quarter of Northern Ireland’s population yet account for 8 out of 10 cases of genital warts.6,7

Getting tested

If you are worried that you have an STI, you can get tested at your nearest clinic. You can find contact details at:

Genitourinary Medicine (GUM)/Sexual Health Clinics in Northern Ireland.

You can also find out more about sexual health services in your area at:

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

Western Health and Social Care Trust

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Southern Health and Social Care Trust

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