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Benign conditions of the penis are non-cancerous conditions that can affect the penis. Most benign conditions of the penis affect the glans (head or glans penis) and foreskin, but they may also affect the shaft. Genital warts are the most common benign condition of the penis.
Genital warts (condylomata) are a common benign condition of the penis. They are a common type of sexually transmitted infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV)human papillomavirus (HPV)A type of virus that causes abnormal tissue growth (warts) and other changes to cells.. They are also called condyloma acuminata or venereal warts.
The following risk factors may increase a person’s chance of developing genital warts:
The signs and symptoms of genital warts may include:
It is not always obvious when a person has genital warts. Even if the genital warts are not obvious, they may still be contagious.
If the signs and symptoms of genital warts are present, or if the doctor suspects genital warts, tests will be done to make a diagnosis. Tests may include:
Treatment options for genital warts may include:
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