Condylomata acuminata (genital warts) are one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. This condition is a viral infection affecting the genital organs and caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which includes more than 100 different types.
Some of these types cause common skin warts while others have a more suspicious carcinogenic effect within the vagina and anus, and are to blame for cervical and anal cancer.
Common (acuminate) warts infect the skin on and near the genitals, the mucus membranes of the vagina and anus, and the urethra, while very rarely they appear inside the mouth. As for their morphology, warts are raised, small, skin-coloured growths, which in time may grow and become really painful.
What should definitely be made clear is that infection causing visible condyloma (HPV types 6 and 11) is not the same as asymptomatic -and very often difficult to detect- infection with other types of the virus.