Monday, January 24, 2011
Human Papillomavirus (Venereal Warts): Cause and Treatment
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), venereal warts, also called condyloma, are a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) that affects the skin or mucous membranes of various areas of the body. This virus may cause cauliflower-like fleshy growths that vary in size, are frequently painless, and can be raised, pointed, or flat in appearance, manifesting in moist areas in and around the sex organs, but in many cases, may not be visible to the naked eye. These warts may appear singly or in clusters on the penis, scrotum, inside or outside the anus (of both men and women) inside or outside the vagina, and inside or outside the mouth (in both men and women). In rarer cases, they have been known to manifest on the stomach, inner thighs, eye lids, or other tender areas of the body. Read more . . .