Will I have genital warts forever?
Although HPV isn't curable in all cases, genital warts are treatable. You can also go extended periods of time without an outbreak, but it may not be possible to get rid of the warts forever. That's because genital warts are only a symptom of HPV, which may become a chronic, lifelong infection for some.
How do doctors test for genital warts?
Your doctor will examine you or take a biopsy (a sample of the wart) to see if you have genital warts. She might draw a blood sample to test for HIV and syphilis. Depending on the results, she may also refer you to a specialist for further testing.