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When a condom is helpless: Genital warts

John a tall and broad-built young man in his early thirties finds himself in a dilemma of genital warts months after having sex with a young lady. Will he find the solution he seeks? Why was condom ineffective in protecting him? This and many more you will find out on this episode.


One cool Monday morning while having his bath, he noticed some soft, moist, pink, and fresh-coloured bumps around his genitals and anus. He was shocked and curious, looked further to inspect what they were but he could not fathom or decipher these irritating (he was trypophobic) horny projection on his skin.


Feeling troubled he decided to do his research on Google, and then he discovered what he was having is similar to what he found on the internet: Genital warts. This was the first time he was hearing about a disease called genital warts.


The more he studied the more he became furious and agitated. He decided to visit his doctor the next day.


Doctor, patient

Hey John what brings you to me today? Hey Doc, there are these strange funny looking kinds of stuff around my genitals, I don’t feel comfortable having them on my body, I did a few findings on the internet and I think they are warts.


Come on John let me assess you. Truly they are genital warts. What must have caused them John asked? You know, unfortunately, more than 50% of sexually active men and women will be infected by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in their lives. Warts you see are caused by HPV 6 & 11. The chances of even getting them are higher if you have multiple sexual partners because frequent sexual contact is the most consistent predictor of HPV infection- what I mean is this; the number of sexual partners is proportionately linked to the risk of HPV infection.


But I used protection he screamed angrily! Calm down John, Sadly, condom doesn’t give adequate protection against HPV; HPV is a very contagious sexually transmitted infection that spreads by skin-to-skin contact usually during oral, anal, or genital sex with an infected person. Other types of genital contact in the absence of penetration can also lead to infection – so in this case condom is helpless.


So what do we do now, he speaks in a low tone? There are several ways we go about treatment of warts; we can physically destroy them via electrosurgery, cryosurgery with liquid nitrogen or solid CO2, laser fulguration (drying), or we can apply podophyllum drug or even inject IFN-alpha, these are some of the effective ways to treat. I’ll suggest after successful treatment you get vaccinated to prevent reoccurrence.


Are warts prevented via vaccines he exclaimed!


To be continued….

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Dr. Emmanuel Egbroko


Dr. Emmanuel Egbroko is a Clinician with over 10 years experience in the infectious disease space. He specializes in the field of infectious diseases, vaccinology, and immunology. He leads the vaccine unit at the Inocul8 Medvacc Family Immunization Clinic, Lagos State, Nigeria.

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