Genital Warts are the most common viral sexually transmitted infection (STI). The warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is usually passed on during sexual contact. HPV can also be passed on during childbirth and, in a small number of children, by hand warts coming into contact with the genital area. Not everyone who contracts this virus will develop visible genital warts.
For most people, including those who have visible warts, the virus will simply be cleared by the body's immune system over time. It is rare for genital warts to cause any long-term health problems, with the virus passing through the body in around two years.