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How Long After HPV Will Warts Appear (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 2 Months To 3 Months

Human papillomavirus also abbreviated as HPV is an infection that is caused in regions such as genital areas of the body, groin, and anal region as well. Human papillomavirus is a type of sexually transmitted infection or also abbreviated as STIs. The meaning of sexually transmitted infections is the infections caused due to sexual intercourse between two organisms. 

How Long After HPV Will Warts Appear?

Severity Of InfectionTime
Nominal3 to 4 months
Acute1 to 2 months

In most cases, when a person gets infected by a sexually transmitted infection, that is, human papillomavirus, it takes about a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 3 months for genital warts to appear on the infected areas of the body. However, multiple factors determine the time for how long after getting infected with human papillomavirus will genital warts appear. But there is a factor that must be considered while calculating the time for how long after HPV will genital warts appear, and the factor is the severity of the infection.

There are majorly two cases when the severity of an infection or disease is considered, that is, less severe which is also known as nominal case, or highly severe, or also known as acute case. 

If the severity of the sexually transmitted infection, that is human papillomavirus is less, that means of the case is nominal then there are chances that genital warts would not even appear. The major reason behind that is because in such cases the immune system of the body fights against the human papillomavirus and eliminates it from the body.

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As a result, genital warts do not even appear because the virus is no more there in the body. However, if warts appear then it takes about 3 months to 4 months for them to appear once the person gets infected with the human papillomavirus.

In the second case, that is if the severity of sexually transmitted infection, that is human papillomavirus is more, that means of the case is acute then it would take significantly less time for genital warts to appear as compared to the time it would take for genital warts to appear in case of less severity of the infection. On average, it takes about 1 month to 2 months for genital warts to appear once the person gets infected with the human papillomavirus.

Why Does It Take That Long For Warts To Appear After HPV?

When infected by the human papillomavirus, the infections caused due to this sexually transmitted infection can range from low-risk effects to severe effects as well. In conditions of low risk, exposure to human papillomavirus can result in warts in certain regions such as genital areas, groin, and anal regions. These warts are most prominent to be caused in the genital areas of a person, that is why they are also known as genital warts. 

Genital warts are grown regions of skins that can also be said to be clumps. These genital warts can be of different sizes depending upon the severity of the sexually transmitted infection. In most cases genital warts are visible in the genital regions of the person, seeming to be tiny clumps of skin that look like tiny bunches in a cauliflower. 

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These warts can also appear to be like white patches and bumpy in several cases. However, in certain cases, genital warts are not visible at all when looked at. But one can identify the presence of genital warts by touching the infected part of the skin. In the infected part, some clumpy texture could be felt as if genital warts are present under the skin.

Conclusion

In severe cases, infection of human papillomavirus can also result in several types of cancer such as cervical, anal cancer, vaginal cancer, and oropharynx cancer as well. Other symptoms of this sexually transmitted infection could be itching and rashes in genital areas, pain, and bleeding as well. The best way to avoid not just this infection but many other sexually transmitted infections and diseases is to use a latex condom during sexual intercourse.

References

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673609612484
  2. https://academic.oup.com/jnci/article-abstract/108/6/djv403/2965094
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