3 days - 3 months after exposure
- Small painless sores (chancres) that are hard, round lesions (a region in an organ or tissue that has suffered damage through injury or disease) with raised edges
- Appears where bacteria entered the body (vaginal walls, cervix, labia, under foreskin, head of penis, penile shaft, scrotum, anus, throat, mouth)
- Chancre disappears after a few weeks (easy to miss), however if not treated the infection will stay
Highly infectious at this stage
- If symptoms appear, they can appear any time between 6 weeks and 6 months after exposure, appearing on average 90 days after exposure
50% of people show no symptoms
30-50% of people show no symptoms Possible symptoms include: jaundice, nausea, fatigue, weight loss, weakness, depression, cognitive impairment, cirrhosis (late stage of scarring of the liver) of the liver, liver cancer
- If infected with a low risk type of the virus, often no symptoms will appear
- In some people, warts develop within one to eight months on the vulva, cervix, penis, scrotum, anus or in urethra
- Warts have the possibility of being small, soft and flesh coloured, and shaped similarly to cauliflower
- Size/number of warts may change over time and will eventually clear up.
- During pregnancy, the size/number of warts may increase, then resolve after delivery
- Other symptoms may be genital itchiness/pain and/or bleeding during sex.