The bumps you were referring to and the doctors saying it as HPV looks like Genital warts (though the physical examination is the way). Genital warts are diagnosed by visual inspection. Your doctor may apply an acetic acid solution to your genitals to whiten any warts. They may look like small, flesh-colored bumps or have a cauliflower-like appearance. Genital warts may be as small as 1 millimeter in diameter ? smaller than the width of a ballpoint pen refill ? or may multiply into large clusters. Genital warts affect the moist tissues of the genital area. If it is genital warts , they may recur even after their treatment. There are multiple ways to burn the wart and surgery is also helpful.