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Genital Warts Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • What other medical conditions do you have?
  • Are you pregnant or do you plan to become pregnant? (for women)
  • Are you still having symptoms or visible warts?
  • Have you been using your medicine as directed?
  • When was your last Pap test and pelvic exam? (for women)
  • What are your symptoms? Are you noticing them only on your genitals or other places, such as the area around your anus?
  • When did you first notice these symptoms?
  • Do you practice safe sex with a condom every time you have intercourse?
  • Has your partner(s) been tested for STDs?
  • Have you ever had an STD?
  • Have you received the HPV vaccination?
  • What side effects are you experiencing with your genital warts medicine?
  • What is your main concern about a genital warts diagnosis?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have genital warts?
  • Could another medical condition be causing my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose genital warts?
  • What treatments are available for genital warts?
  • What are the potential complications of genital warts?
  • Am I always contagious? How can I protect my partner from getting genital warts?
  • How long does it take to get rid of a genital wart outbreak?
  • Can genital warts come back?
  • Should I have tests for other STDs?
  • Should I still get the HPV vaccine?
  • What screening do I need for complications of genital warts?
  • Is there another treatment that would work better or with fewer side effects?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to my genital warts?
  • What is the best treatment for my genital warts?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Mar 14
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Anogenital Warts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/warts.htm
  2. Genital Warts. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/genital-warts/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355240