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Condyloma acuminata

Condyloma acuminata, commonly known as genital warts, is a sexually transmitted infection caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). These warts are typically found in the genital and anal areas but can also appear in the mouth or throat.

Key features of condyloma acuminata include:

  1. **Appearance:** Genital warts can vary in size and shape. They may be flat, raised, or have a cauliflower-like appearance.
  2. **Location:** Warts can occur on the genitals, in the anal area, and in the mouth or throat if the infection is transmitted through oral sex.
  3. **Symptoms:** While some individuals may not experience any symptoms, others may notice itching, discomfort, or bleeding. In some cases, the warts may cause emotional distress due to their appearance.

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Genital warts are highly contagious and are typically spread through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Condoms can reduce the risk of transmission but may not provide complete protection, as the virus can be present on areas not covered by the condom.

It's important for individuals with symptoms of genital warts to seek medical advice. In addition to managing the visible warts, healthcare providers may discuss ways to reduce the risk of spreading the virus and monitor for any potential complications, such as an increased risk of certain cancers associated with HPV. Safe sexual practices and vaccination against HPV can also play a role in preventing genital warts.

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