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A 31-year-old male asked:

I had plantars warts on my feet as a kid. could i have had genital warts my whole life, or are genital warts only hpv?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Hick
Dermatology 13 years experience
Warts: Plantar warts and genital warts are both caused by hpv, however, they are caused by different strains of the virus. These different strains tend to stay isolated to only certain areas of the body. It is unlikely that your plantars warts caused genital warts or vice versa.
Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
Usually unrelated: While both are infections caused by hpv, they are infections caused by different strains of virus. Usually, having one does not mean you will have the other.

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Last updated Jan 15, 2016

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