Quick facts about condyloma
- Not everyone who is infected develop symptoms. The number of infected people showing no symptoms is probably as high as, or higher than, the number of infected people with genital warts.
- Genital warts are caused by a viral infection that heals by itself. The time it takes for the infection to heal is normally 1-2 years, but it may take even longer.
- The two most common viral strains causing condyloma/genital warts are known as HPV types 6 and 11.
- Other strains of HPV affecting the genital area are HPV types 16 and 18. These should not be confused with condyloma or genital warts, since they do not cause visible symptoms such as warts. HPV types 16 and 18 may cause cellular changes and are the cause of nearly all cases of cervical cancer.
- Condyloma is considered to be the most common sexually transmitted infections. A common estimate is that 70-85 % of all people of reproductive age have been affected some time during their lifetime.
- It is estimated that around half of all affected people are between 15 and 25 years of age.
- An impaired immune system may increase the risk of catching an infection.
- Although other symptoms than warts are uncommon, infections may involve itching, burning and tenderness in affected areas.
There are many ways in which the disease can be treated, such as medical treatments available without prescription and medications especially designed to treat genital warts. You can also just wait for the infection to heal by itself. The most effective way to treat the disease is by using medication such as Condyline or Aldara.