Genital Warts | CDC

NOTE: A surveillance case definition is a set of uniform criteria used to define a disease for public health surveillance. Surveillance case definitions enable public health officials to classify and count cases consistently across reporting jurisdictions. Surveillance case definitions are not intended to be used by healthcare providers for making a clinical diagnosis or determining how to meet an individual patient’s health needs.

Clinical Description

An infection characterized by the presence of visible, exophytic (raised) growths on the internal or external genitalia, perineum, or perianal region

Laboratory Criteria For Diagnosis

Histopathologic changes characteristic of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection on biopsy or exfoliative cytology

Case Classification


A clinically compatible case without histopathologic diagnosis and without microscopic or serologic evidence that the growth is due to secondary syphilis


A clinically compatible case that is laboratory confirmed

Related Case Definition(s)

Page last reviewed: April 16, 2021