Genital Warts (HPV) Overview
Genital warts are flesh-colored or gray growths found in the genital area and anal region
in both men and women. Genital warts are sometimes referred to as condyloma
acuminata or venereal warts. They represent the most common sexually-transmitted disease caused by a virus. The warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Infection with genital warts may not be obvious.
Genital warts affect both men and women and can occur at any age.
- Most patients with genital warts are between the ages of 17-33 years.
Genital warts are highly contagious. There is around a 60% risk of getting the
infection from a single sexual contact with someone who has genital warts.
- In children younger than three years of age, genital warts are thought to be
transmitted by nonsexual methods such as direct manual contact. Nevertheless, the presence of
genital warts in children should raise the suspicion for
Up to 20% of people with genital warts will have other
sexually transmitted diseases
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