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Condylomata acuminata, condyloma, genitil warts, gentle warts, hpv, pappiloma, papilomma and granitos de pene are other terms for the ailment.
Genital Warts

Some types of human papilloma virus, or HPV, cause genital warts or HPV warts. These are single or multiple bumps that appear in the genital areas of men and women including the vagina, cervix, vulva, penis, and rectum. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common causes of sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world.

Health experts estimate there are more cases of genital HPV infection than any other sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Over 5 million new cases of sexually transmitted HPV infections are reported every year, and at least 20 million people in this country are already infected. To read more about HPV please click the Back button on your computer.

WHAT ARE GENITAL WARTS?

Genital warts (also called HPV warts, condylomata acuminata or venereal warts) are the most easily recognized sign of genital HPV infection. Many people, however, have a genital HPV infection without genital warts.

Genital warts are soft, moist, flesh colored and appear in the genital area within weeks or months after infection. They sometimes appear in clusters that look like cauliflower-like bumps, and can be either raised or flat, small or large. Genital warts can show up in women on the vulva and cervix, and inside and surrounding the vagina and anus. In men, genital warts can appear on the scrotum or penis. In a few cases, genital warts have been found on the thigh and groin. 

ARE OTHER KINDS OF WARTS CAUSED BY HPV?

Some types of HPV cause common skin warts, frequently found on the hands and soles of the feet. These types of HPV do not cause genital warts.

HOW ARE GENITAL WARTS SPREAD?

Genital warts are very contagious and are spread during oral, vaginal, or anal sex with an infected partner. They are transmitted by skin-to-skin contact during sex with someone who is infected. About two-thirds of people who have sexual contact with a partner with genital warts will develop warts, usually within 3 months of contact.

In women, the warts occur on the outside and inside of the vagina, on the opening to the uterus (cervix), or around the anus.

In men, genital warts are less common. If present, they usually are seen on the tip of the penis. They also may be found on the shaft of the penis, on the scrotum, or around the anus.

It is possible, but not common, for genital warts to develop in your mouth or throat if you have oral sex with an infected person.

HOW ARE GENITAL WARTS DIAGNOSED?

Your health care provider (doctor or nurse) usually diagnoses genital warts by seeing them. If you are a woman with genital warts, you also should be examined for possible HPV infection of the cervix.

If you have an abnormal Pap smear result, it may indicate the possible presence of cervical HPV infection. A laboratory worker will examine cells scraped from your cervix under a microscope to see if they are cancerous.

HOW ARE GENITAL WARTS TREATED?

There are treatments for genital warts, though they often disappear even without treatment. There is no way to predict whether the warts will grow or disappear. Therefore, if you suspect you have genital warts, you should be examined and treated, if necessary. However, human pappilloma virus has no known cure. 

Depending on factors such as the size and location of your genital warts, your health care provider will offer you one of several creams or liquids to treat them. Some of the treatments can cause birth defects, so must not be used if you are or could be pregnant.

If you have small warts, your health care provider can remove them by freezing (cryosurgery), burning (electrocautery) or laser treatment. If you have large warts that have not responded to other treatment, you may have to have surgery to remove them. Direct injection of drugs into the warts is sometimes used.

Although treatments can get rid of the warts, none get rid of the virus. Because the virus is still present in your body, warts often come back after treatment.

HOW CAN HPV INFECTION BE PREVENTED?

The only way you can prevent getting an HPV infection is to avoid direct contact with the virus, which is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. If you or your sexual partner has warts that are visible in the genital area, you should avoid any sexual contact until the warts are treated.

While there is no proof that male condoms prevent transmission of HPV, studies do suggest that using condoms may reduce your risk of developing diseases linked to HPV, such as genital warts and cervical cancer. Unfortunately, many people who donít have symptoms donít know that they can spread the virus to an uninfected partner.

POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS OF GENITAL WARTS

Cancer

Some types of HPV can cause cervical cancer. Other types are associated with vulvar cancer, anal cancer, and cancer of the penis. Cancer of the penis is rare.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Genital warts may cause a number of problems during pregnancy. Sometimes they get larger during pregnancy, making it difficult to urinate (pee). If the warts are in the vagina, they can make delivery more difficult.

Once in awhile, infants born to women with genital warts develop warts in their throats (laryngeal papillomatosis). Although uncommon, it is a potentially life-threatening condition for the child, requiring frequent laser surgery to prevent obstruction of the breathing passages. Interferon therapy with laser surgery may help slow the course of the disease.

July 2004. Note that the usual spelling is Genital Warts, but that other spellings observed include ginital warts, genitle, ginitle, jenital, jenitle, jinitle and jinital warts.