Genital Warts (HPV) vs Genital Herpes (HSV)

Genital Warts vs. Genital Herpes

by David · 13 comments

Genital warts and genital herpes are both sexually transmitted diseases that are very common in the United States (well, pretty much everywhere for that matter) but they are actually two completely different viruses that spread through sexual interaction.

So what’s the difference between genital warts and genital herpes?

Answer: Genital Warts (HPV) vs. Genital Herpes (HSV)

Well, The biggest difference is that genital herpes come and go as they please whereas genital warts come but do not go away without treatment. This makes genital warts an extra big pain in the ass and herpes almost seems like a miracle (crazy, right?). With genital warts, you usually have to burn them off or use a homeopathic treatment for a few months before they disappear. There are many treatments for genital warts like Wartrol or Dermisil. You might want to check one of them out. With Herpes (HSV), you’re lucky enough to not have to worry about all that stuff.

I answered this question in a little more detail on the FAQ about Genital Warts page. Here’s a link to the question: Are genital warts and genital herpes the same thing?

I apologize for writing an incomplete page but I’ve just about ready to run out of the house. This page will be updated again once I gather some more information. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Have a nice day,
David C.

Page Updated: May 4, 2011

  • brittany

    true, but herpes does not seem like a miracle!! uncontrollable breakouts to me that doesnt seem like a miracle.. if i would have to choose between genital warts or genital herpes i would rather have hpv.. but thats just my opinion, im glad i dont have anything at all 🙂

  • larry

    I agree, genital warts are treatable, practically curable. If Herpes comes and goes, you’ll never actually get them to go. At least with HPV, if you can’t see it, its probably not there anymore.

    • sarah

      Do your research people. Genital warts have to be removed, or else you live with them. After they are removed, you still have the disease which can reoccur at anytime causing you to go back to the doctors office for another round of wart freezing on your most delicate parts. Herpes requires good diet full of fruits and veggies, some lysine supplementation, and an outbreak does not require repeated visits to the doctors office. The just go away, like a cold sore.
      Neither one is a walk in the park, but warts are much worse.

      • megan

        I really have to disagree with this. warts can actually go away on their own if the infected person’s immune system is good enough. plus even though there is no 100% guaranteed cure for hpv, the virus can live in your skin for a while and cause more outbreaks, but your immune system can fight it off over time. the doctor told me so. herpes will never go away. I know first hand that genital warts aren’t that much of a pain. after all, you can get a creme to treat them and there’s the possibility that they might never come back, but people I know who have herpes say it’s extremely painful even with the medication they take to control the outbreaks. having genital warts is more like having a cold while herpes is like having a life-long curse.

  • shit happens

    I recently noticed bump on the rim (head) of my penis. I thought it might be genital wart but the picture i have seen do not resemble the bump I have. I used vinegar to see if it turns white but no change in color. I have been with my wife for 6 years and no one esle. Could this be something else maybe herpes or a non std/sti? I experience no discomfort what so ever and the bump has not grown or spread. It has been a week since it appeared. please give me some answers im driving myself mad.

    • LOL

      that means your wife is a whore LOLOLOLOL

      • SHER1230

        WOW!!!!!!! what a low blow??? it doesnt mean his wife is a whore…stop being ignorant..ignorant as in uneducated about the facts..if it was herpes it could actually go back more than 6years, which is before they were together from what he says..alot of ppl have herpes and do not even know it, they just havent had an outbreak yet….

    • Lyrically Eye

      Look up penile papules if its on the rim and suddenly appeared. As far as which disease is worse I’d say herpes hands down. You can put apple cider vinegar on genital warts and make them go away.

  • Brittany

    Actually you got that mixed up! Herpes does not have a cure. Warts are very common and can go away on their own. Warts is an HPV and can be treated where herpes can not.

  • pippi

    hey ass stain these matters are sensitive to alot of people, make fun of others and karma comes and bites ya in the ass!!!! believe it!!

  • Lisa david

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  • Npoleon Seger

    I was diagnose with genital warts since 2012 i have be taking lot treatment and all i got is outbreak. in 2015 I gave up the treatment because I can’t continues wasting time and money on treatment at the end it will not cure me. about 6 weeks ago i did natural research online I had So many people talking good about natural remedy. after the research i was recommended to Dr sam, And I wrote to him through his email and told him my problem after some conversations with him he gave me natural treatment after 1 week Dr sam treated me i got cured permanently i went to see my doc he confirmed that the diseases has gone out from my body. every patients should know there is 100% natural hpv or hsv cure contact Dr sam his email address [email protected]

    • Ricky Steel

      yeah right! Be a good sport and share the solution with us…

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