How to Test For Genital Warts

If you suspect you have genital warts and you are not ready to run to the doctor, it helps to know how to test for genital warts at home with common household products. This method should never be considered reliably over a doctor’s diagnosis, however.

To test for genital warts, you will need:

  • Vinegar
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Small disposable bowl
  1. Wash the infected area.  Simply washing the area with regular soap and water is efficient.
  2. Pour a small amount of vinegar into small bowl.  This is the vinegar you will be using to test the area that you feel may be infected with genital warts.
  3. Apply vinegar to infected area. You will want to use either clean cotton balls or swabs to the infected area.
  4. Watch area. If you are infected by genital warts, the area in which there are warts or a wart forming will turn white.
  5. Familiarize yourself with the outward appearance of genital warts.They can appear smooth or rough, and while they typically are flesh colored sometimes they may appear darker than your skin tone. They can form in either single growths or in groupings and their size can be small or large.

Keep in mind that this is not an absolute indication that you have genital warts, but it is a good start. Other skin conditions can cause the skin to turn white, so it is always best to see your medical provider for a complete diagnosis. A sample of the skin area (biopsy) needs be sent to the lab to be properly diagnosed.


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