The type of HPV that can lead to genital warts is often very difficult to notice. Many people with this type of HPV will not develop genital warts. For other people, it will be weeks or months before any genital warts appear.
Genital warts look like small skin-coloured lumps on your vulva, vagina, cervix, penis, scrotum, or anus. Sometimes they can feel itchy. Genital warts are hard to see a lot of the time — a nurse or doctor can check you more closely and accurately for genital warts.
The type of HPV that can lead to cancer doesn’t usually show any obvious signs of infection — that’s why HPV vaccination and regular HPV screening, for people with a cervix from age 25, are so important!