Genital warts

Genital warts can be frustrating, but are not harmful

Unfortunately we will not be able to see anyone for genital wart treatment for the time being. This is because we need to focus our resources on emergencies during the outbreak, and keep people safe by limiting the amount of people in our clinics.

It is completely safe to leave the warts for the time being and continue treatment when normal services have returned. The warts are not any risk to your health. You may find that they get better on their own without treatment.

Although warts are caused by a virus which can be passed on through sex (human papillomavirus, HPV), this virus is so common that you do not have to stop having sex just because of having warts.

You can do a check-up for other STIs online:

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Genital lumps, bumps and spots

Genital lumps, bumps and spots are generally harmless and are rarely connected with sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Common causes of lumps, bumps and spots include:

  • Ingrowing hairs - these can happen randomly or after shaving the pubic hair. They almost always get better without treatment. We recommend avoiding hair removal until they have healed, and keeping them clean and dry.
  • Simple skin cysts - e.g. epidermoid cysts - these are harmless and generally do not need any treatment. If they are causing pain please contact your GP.
  • Molluscum - this is caused by a harmless virus and generally does not need any treatment. Avoid shaving the pubic hair while they are there.
  • Genital warts - these can be frustrating but are harmless. See information on genital warts above.

Unfortunately we will not be able to see anyone for these for the time being. This is because we need to focus our resources on emergencies during the outbreak, and keep people safe by limiting the amount of people in our clinics.

These problems are not any risk to your health. They usually get better on their own without treatment.

You can do a check-up for other STIs online:

Order tests