Genital warts are caused by infection with certain 'low-risk'
types of a common virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV).
HPV is easily spread during most types of sexual activity. There
are many different types of HPV. The 'low-risk' types HPV 6
and HPV 11 are responsible for most genital warts, which can affect
both males and females.
HPV can cause normal cells on infected skin to turn
abnormal. In most cases, the body fights off HPV naturally,
and the infected cells go back to normal. But in some cases, the
body cannot fight off the infection, and can cause genital
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