Venereal warts (genital warts) also known as condyloma acuminata or bowenoid papulosis are transmitted from person to person during sexual contact. They normally occur in the genital or rectal area in both men and women. They are caused by several types of the human papilloma virus. Infection with this virus on the cervix of women is directly correlated with the development of cervical cancer
It is extremely important to treat this problem as quickly as possible before others are exposed. Many forms of therapy are available. The choice is determined by the extent of the problem.
Two recent advances have occurred with this disease. One, during PAP smears for cervical cancer, an immunofluorescent stain can be utilized that will identify the human papilloma virus infections before they become a problem.
The second major advance is the development of the vaccine that can immunize young women, age 8 -15, to the four human papilloma virus types that cause cervical cancer. It is currently available and should be seriously considered for young women.