Symptomatic genital papillomavirus infection in a community. Incidence and clinical picture

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 1996 Mar;75(3):287-90. doi: 10.3109/00016349609047103.


Background: Incidence of condyloma acuminatum is not well known. Descriptive data are usually based on selected groups of patients. This study aims at giving incidence of the clinically defined disease in a well-defined area, thought to be representative for Sweden outside the capital city.

Methods: Data from people with condyloma acuminatum seeking medical attention were collected during a two-year period, 1989-90, in a middle-sized urban area in Sweden. A person with symptoms and a clinical picture consistent with condyloma was considered a case.

Results: Overall incidence was 2.4 per 1000. The highest age specific incidence occurred in the age group 20-24 years, 12 per 1,000. Women 15-19 years old had an incidence of 14 per 1,000. The total female to male ratio was 1.3.

Conclusions: Women more often than men had a mixture of exo- and endophytic condylomata. Condyloma as another and complementary indicator of changing sexual behavior deserves further interest.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Condylomata Acuminata / epidemiology*
  • Condylomata Acuminata / virology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Papillomaviridae / isolation & purification*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / diagnosis
  • Papillomavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / transmission
  • Papillomavirus Infections / virology
  • Sex Factors
  • Sweden / epidemiology
  • Tumor Virus Infections / diagnosis
  • Tumor Virus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Tumor Virus Infections / transmission
  • Tumor Virus Infections / virology