You can choose if you want to treat your genital warts. In most cases, they will go away without treatment within 18 to 24 months. The warts may go away sooner if you treat them.
Genital warts are treated by a health care provider or with prescription medications at home. Treatments are applied directly to the genital warts to stimulate your body’s immune response. You may need several treatments over a 4 to 16 week period. Talk to your health care provider to find the best option for you.
Once your visible genital warts are gone, it is not known if the virus is completely gone from your body. However, many people don’t get warts back unless they have a weakened immune system. You can also get genital warts again from a new exposure.
Caution: Do not use non-prescription wart removal products that you can buy in the store to treat genital warts. They are not meant for the genital area and may cause serious burning.