Venereal warts (genital warts) also known as condyloma acuminata or bowenoid papulosis are transmitted from person to person during sexual intercourse with someone who is infected with them. They normally occur in the genital or rectal area in both men and women. They are caused by several phenotypes of the human papilloma virus. Infection with this virus on the cervix of women is directly correlated with the subsequent development of cervical cancer.
It is extremely important to treat this problem as quickly as possible before others are exposed. Men should be very considerate of their receptive partners so they too can be evaluated. Many forms of therapy are available. The choice is determined by the extensiveness of the problem.
Two recent advances have occurred with this disease. One, when women get their PAP smears for cervical cancer, they have an immunofluorescent stain that will identify the human papilloma virus infections before they become a problem.
The second major advance is the development of a new vaccine that can immunize young women 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 before their periods start.