Perianal Warts

Peri-Anal Warts

Peri-Anal Warts

Perianal Warts (aka Peri-Anal Warts, Condyloma Acuminata) are flesh colored, cauliflower like growths in and around the anus that is caused by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus).

How do I know I have it?

Frequently, people only find out they have Perianal Warts if it starts to bleed especially after wiping with toilet paper.

Or if their partner notices it and informs them.

You will be able to feel the growths with your fingers or see them with a mirror.

Perianal Warts do not cause any pain or itch.

How can I catch it?

Perianal Warts is caused by HPV. You can catch HPV by having unprotected anal sex with a partner who is infected with HPV.

HPV often causes no symptoms so you can catch HPV from your partner even if he appears completely well.

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Symptoms of other STDs you can catch from Anal Sex

If I have Perianal Warts can I pass it to my partner?

Yes. If you have Perianal Warts, you can pass it to your partner by having unprotected anal sex.

If your partner develops penile warts after having anal sex with you, you should have yourself checked for Perianal Warts.

How do I check for Perianal Warts?

You will be able to see flesh colored, cauliflower like growths around the anus. However, other things such as skin tags can look like Perianal Warts to the untrained eye.

See our Doctors. We will be able to determine if you truly have Perianal Warts. We might need to take a sample of the growth and send it to the lab for confirmation.

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How is Perianal Warts treated?

There are many treatments available for Perianal Warts.

Aldara Cream (Imiquinod) has been found to be effective against Perianal Warts. The cream is applied onto the warts 3 to 4 times a week and left for 8 hours. It usually takes more than 6 weeks of application to fully eradicate the Perinal Warts. If too much cream is applied it can cause redness and even blistering of the surrounding skin.

We can freeze the Perinal Warts off with a special device. You might need more than 1 session of freezing to fully eradicate the Perianal Warts.

We can laser the Perianal Warts off. Most times a single session of laser treatment is enough to fully eradicate the Perianal Warts.

How can I protect myself from Perianal Warts?

Always use a condom when having anal sex. That said, condoms only provide 30% protection against HPV infection.

There are vaccines available for both Men and Women that can protect you against HPV that causes Perianal Warts. Speak to our Doctors for more details.

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Are there any other diseases associated with Perianal Warts?

Yes. Perianal Warts are caused by HPV. Certain strains of HPV can cause cancer of the anus.

When treating your Perianal Warts please also speak to our Doctors about checking for HPV and anal cancer.

Are there other STDs associated with Perianal Warts?

Yes. Perianal Warts can be associated with Rectal Gonorrhea.

Perianal Warts can also be associated with HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis B.

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It is advisable to seek your Doctor’s opinion for screening of all the STDs.

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  1. Hi doc.

    I noticed some wart growths a month ago. It is small and mild though. Do i have the options to choose if i want to self medicate w aldara cream instead of laser and freezing. If yes, how much will it cost including the consultation. Do local polyclinics able to prescribe this cream too? Thank you.

    • We have to see the wart before recommending a form of treatment.

  2. Joseph Tan

    Hi , Can I ask how much does it cost for a single freezing session and will it be able to remove all warts and or do the cost go by per every single wart? I have quite a severe growth of peri anal warts

    • It really depends on the severity of the warts. Freezing starts from $60. Laser treatment starts from $120. It is best to let us assess it and recommend the best treatment option for you.

  3. Warts or not?

    How much is the cost of laser/electrocautery of a single perianal warT?

  4. Hi doc,

    I would like to check. What is the risk level of anal rimming? Could it cause warts growth in the anus? I can feel a pea size hard lump in my anus, and I am worried if it is warts. However, I do have constipation and rectal fissure as well. So not sure if it is a piles or a warts. Could you kindly advise. Thanks.


    • Hi Jay,

      Any skin contact can transmit warts. However, we can’t diagnose or differentiate haemorrhoids from anal warts without reviewing the lesion. Feel free to visit us so we may assess the problem.

  5. dear doctor how much time did hiv virus live in air i was mad sex with sex worker with comdom.after encounter i take out comdom frm my peines there was fuild of woman on my finger when i take out comdom n same finger i rubber on top of my penis when sperm r come out frm my penis pls help me i m on risk

    • drtan

      Are you talking about HPV? Condoms are in now way 100% protective against HPV. It does not matter how long the virus lives in air.

  6. michael1993

    now my Perianal Warts havent disappeared, in this situation , can i take a proctoscope for anorectal warts?


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