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What is Condyloma Acuminata?

Condyloma Acuminata, commonly known as genital warts, is a highly contagious sexually transmitted infection caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). These growths can vary in size and appearance, often resembling small cauliflower-like clusters on the genital area. Early detection and treatment are crucial. Wondering how to protect yourself and what treatments are available? Keep reading to learn more.
Jacob Queen
Jacob Queen

Condyloma acuminata is another term used to describe the sexually transmitted disease popularly known as genital warts. These are small warts that often form in a grouped pattern on the genitals, anus, or mouth. The condition is a symptom of the human papilloma virus (HPV). Condyloma acuminata is often painful, and it can be unattractive or embarrassing. There is also a serious risk of cancer for women who catch the virus.

Genital warts are relatively common compared to many other sexually transmitted diseases. The warts themselves are often painless, but may be itchy or become inflamed. Touching them and then touching other parts of the body can help spread them, as can skin-to-skin sexual contact.

When treating condyloma acuminata, warts can be removed with a scalpel.
When treating condyloma acuminata, warts can be removed with a scalpel.

Women who suffer with condyloma acuminata have a higher chance of developing cervical cancer. If the warts are treated, this risk can be mitigated to some extent, but it is generally no guarantee. Condoms can reduce the spread of condyloma acuminata, but they aren’t foolproof. Sometimes the warts can appear in unprotected areas around the genitals.

Condom use may offer some protection from spreading the human papilloma virus, but not if it is present on the skin surrounding the genitals.
Condom use may offer some protection from spreading the human papilloma virus, but not if it is present on the skin surrounding the genitals.

It is also possible for people to have warts inside the sexual organs. In these cases, they may spread the disease without the awareness of a risk. If a person has fewer sexual partners, he or she can lessen the chance of contracting the disease, though some people can be exposed without catching the disease if their immune systems are strong enough.

Some doctors recommend that both young men and women receive the condyloma acuminata vaccine.
Some doctors recommend that both young men and women receive the condyloma acuminata vaccine.

There are several possible treatments for condyloma acuminata. Many of them focus on removing the warts, which can be done using cryotherapy, electricity, or a scalpel. Some doctors may also prescribe antiviral drugs, or medicines to strengthen the immune system response. In some cases, patients can recover from the condition on their own. The severity of the condition will generally dictate what kinds of treatments doctors use.

Skin-to-skin sexual contract can spread condyloma acuminata.
Skin-to-skin sexual contract can spread condyloma acuminata.

There is a vaccination available for condyloma acuminata, which is used very frequently, especially for young females entering puberty. This is primarily designed to help avoid catching cervical cancer. Some doctors also recommend giving this vaccination to young men to help decrease the overall frequency of the virus. The general idea is to give the vaccine to teenagers prior to the start of their sexual activity.

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    • When treating condyloma acuminata, warts can be removed with a scalpel.
      By: iofoto
      When treating condyloma acuminata, warts can be removed with a scalpel.
    • Condom use may offer some protection from spreading the human papilloma virus, but not if it is present on the skin surrounding the genitals.
      By: yaskii
      Condom use may offer some protection from spreading the human papilloma virus, but not if it is present on the skin surrounding the genitals.
    • Some doctors recommend that both young men and women receive the condyloma acuminata vaccine.
      By: skampixelle
      Some doctors recommend that both young men and women receive the condyloma acuminata vaccine.
    • Skin-to-skin sexual contract can spread condyloma acuminata.
      By: Poulsons Photography
      Skin-to-skin sexual contract can spread condyloma acuminata.
    • Women who suffer from condyloma acuminate have a higher chance of developing cervical cancer.
      By: joshya
      Women who suffer from condyloma acuminate have a higher chance of developing cervical cancer.
    • Individuals who smoke cigarettes may be more susceptible to contracting genital warts.
      By: illustrez-vous
      Individuals who smoke cigarettes may be more susceptible to contracting genital warts.