(Genital Warts)

  • In 2019, condyloma acuminatum was detected about 46,000 times. More than half of people with genital warts are male.





Condyloma acuminatum are warts that mainly occur in the area on or around the penis, vagina or anus. The warts are often grouped together and are pink or grey/white in color. These warts can be painful or cause a burning or itching sensation.



The warts are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), this virus also causes cervical cancer. Normally, the body clears an infection with HPV itself. People with HIV, however, can have more trouble clearing the body of this virus. Allowing it to manifest. 

That is why there is a chance that people with genital warts have HIV. This should, of course, be excluded.
HPV is a highly contagious virus. A condom does not always protect against genital warts.

Risk group


Genital warts are highly contagious. It is therefore important to use a condom during sexual contact. Groups at risk for getting genital warts are people who have sex without a condom with various bed partners, men who have sex with men, sex workers and visitors to sex workers. If your bed partner belongs to one of these groups, you also have a higher chance of getting condyloma acuminatum.

HIV and condyloma acuminum


People with an HIV infection have a reduced immune system. As a result, they are less able to clear HPV from their body. If HPV is in the body for a longer period of time, it can cause genital warts.

HIV indicator conditions are conditions or symptoms that occur more often in people with an underlying HIV infection than in people without an HIV infection. Genital warts are one of the HIV indicator conditions. If you have or have had genital warts and have not been tested for HIV, it is advisable to ask your doctor or general practitioner for an HIV test. Do you find it difficult to ask for an HIV test? You may download a call card that will help you formulate your question.