Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you think you have an HPV infection, you'll probably first see your primary care doctor. Depending on where your warts are located, you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in disorders of the skin (dermatologist), feet (podiatrist) or reproductive organs (gynecologist or urologist).

What you can do

Before your appointment, you may want to write a list of questions to ask your doctor, including:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • What kinds of tests do I need?
  • How can I prevent HPV infection in the future?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?
  • Under what circumstances should I plan for a follow-up visit?

In addition to the questions that you've prepared to ask your doctor, don't hesitate to ask additional questions during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
  • What are your symptoms?
  • Where have you noted lesions?
  • Are the lesions painful?
Sept. 16, 2014