Anal Warts Type 6 & 11: What Are They?

Anal Warts.  Condyloma Acuminata.  Many Types

In Los Angeles, as in many large and small cities, anal warts, also known as condyloma acuminata, are a sexually transmitted disease (STD).  As such, they can be transmitted during sexual activity (and in other, non-sexual ways as well.)  This means that a normal human behavior is potentially an infectious, and possibly dangerous behavior unless certain precautions are taken.  Education is vital in helping.  Seeing a proctologist, also known a s a colon and rectal surgeon, in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills is important in early diagnosis and treatment.

What Is An Anal Wart?

The Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV for short, is responsible for transmitting the disease from person to person.  There are many strains or subtypes of the virus.  Some are associated with the development of cervical or anal cancer and some transmit inconvenient, but benign disease.  In the case of anal warts, types 6 an 11 are the commonest subtypes.

Transmission requires physical contact, either during sex, or non-sexually from body to body, as in scratching an infected area and transmitting the virus to other parts of the body or to other people.  The warts are small, flesh like lumps that can occur around in or around the anal area as a single wart or as multiple warts.

Symptoms include:

  • A lump or lumps.
  • A foul discharge.
  • Pain.
  • A smell.
  • Bleeding (from scratching).
  • Itching.

6 and 11.  These Warts Are Benign.  Why Should I Worry?

Just because these warts are not usually associated with the development of cancer does not mean that they are no big deal.  Beyond causing symptoms, they may be difficult to remove or cure.  They may also be a sign that you might have other STD’s, a cause for concern. They may be unwittingly passed to family members or partners, doubling the worry.

How Can I prevent 6 and 11?

There are ways in which you can greatly decrease your risk of becoming infected or passing the disease to others:

  • Gardasil® is a vaccine that is available for children who have not yet been exposed to the virus.  Three immunizations over six months are required and cover viral types 6 and 11.
  • Safe sexual practices such as condoms, although not 100% safe (condoms can break or be used incorrectly), are important.

Treatment:  Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates.

Warts are treatable.  There are many non-surgical methods as well as more invasive operative techniques if necessary.  The surgeons of Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates are board certified and trained in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus, including anal warts.  A confidential consultation will enable you to understand the disease and begin treatment.  This will allow you to return to the calming path of health.  Appointments can be scheduled by calling (310)273-2310.