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(LEAD) S. Korean men with condyloma surging

All News 14:22 January 04, 2018

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SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Yonhap) -- The number of South Korean men with condyloma, a type of sexually transmitted disease, has grown by an average 8.3 percent annually in recent years, data showed Thursday.

Condyloma, or genital warts, refers to an epidermal manifestation attributed to the epidermotropic human papillomavirus (HPV). It is a transmitted through intercourse with signs of infection affecting the genitalia and anal areas.

HPV infections usually heal without any intervention within a few months, with some 90 percent of contractions healing within two years, according to the World Health Organization.

The U.N. health agency also said two HPV types -- 16 and 18 -- cause 70 percent of cervical cancer and precancerous cervical lesions, while non-cancer causing types of HPV, especially types 6 and 11, can cause genital warts and respiratory papillomatosis.

According to a team of researchers led by Kim Joon-mo at Soonchunhyang University, a total of 47,920 South Koreans were diagnosed with condlymoa in 2015, up from 26,606 in 2007.

Noticeably, the number of condyloma patients among men more than doubled from 14,038 to 32,086 during the cited period, the data showed. The number of female patients, meanwhile, grew at a slower pace from 12,568 to 15,834.

Their findings were published in the latest edition of the journal "Epidemiology & Infection."


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