How are genital warts diagnosed?
Your healthcare provider can diagnose external genital warts by looking at them. Internal warts are more challenging to diagnose. You may get these tests:
- Pelvic exam: A woman may get a Pap test as part of a pelvic exam to check for cervical changes caused by genital warts. Your provider may also perform a colposcopy to examine and biopsy the vagina and cervix.
- Blood tests: Your provider may test for other STDs often associated with genital warts. These STDs include gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia.
- Anal exam: Your provider uses a device called an anoscope to look inside the anus for warts.
- Biopsy: Your provider may perform a biopsy (cutting out and removing a tiny piece, about the size of the tip of a pencil) when in doubt about diagnosis.