The symptoms of genital warts are itching. This is often accomplied by warts that appear in the genital area, around the anus or on the penis. It can take anything from 1 month to 4 months for the symptoms to appear and in some cases even longer than that. Genital warts is a virus that is transferred through skin to skin contact. If you have had sex with someone who is infected then you are likely to contract it yourself. There is cream that can be used but in some cases surgery is needed to remove the warts.