Caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), genital warts are transmitted through unprotected sex but they can also be spread through skin-to-skin contact. Symptoms will remain dormant and may not occur for up to a year, thus most people will not know they have the infection until an outbreak. Visible symptoms include small fleshy growths on or around the genitals, though the warts can develop internally. Although the warts are not usually painful, they can appear unpleasant and cause great distress. This STI cannot be cured and once you are infected with the HPV virus it will remain in your system. An outbreak can occur at anytime. Genital warts treatment, such as Condyline, Warticon and Aldara, can quicken recovery from an outbreak and relieve symptoms.