What are Anal Warts ?
Anal warts (also called condyloma acuminata) are small growths of skin that appear around the anus. They can be removed and may be cut away using a surgical blade, a laser or a heated instrument, depending on their size and location.
In most cases, the warts don’t cause discomfort or pain. However, they can become irritating if they grow large enough, and might itch or bleed. If no symptoms occur, people with anal warts may not even know they have them.
Anal warts may occur only in one spot, or may spread to different parts of the genitals and anus over time.
What are the symptoms of anal warts?
Anal warts are found inside and around the area of the anus. They start as small bumps that may be no larger than the head of a pin. Initially, they may be too small to be noticed. They can develop a cauliflower-like appearance as they grow, or when several are clustered together. Warts may be peach-colored, yellow, pink, or light brown, and may blend in with your skin color.
Who’s at risk for anal warts?
You’re at an increased risk for contracting and spreading anal warts if you:
*have unprotected sex (are not using barrier protection, such as a condom or dental dam)
*have multiple sex partners
*have anal intercourse
*have had sex or intimate contact with a person with HPV
*have sex at an early age
*have an immune system that is compromised by illness or medication
However, you can get anal warts even if you only have one sexual partner, and condoms don’t fully protect against them.