Condyloma and genital warts are caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). In children, genital warts can be transmitted from an infected mother or other caregiver to the infant. It’s important to note, also, that if a child has genital warts – it may or may not be a sign of sexual abuse or early sexual activity. The HPV vaccine for girls (and boys) helps protect against HPV infection and cervical cancer.
If your daughter’s doctor suspects condyloma, he or she may conduct:
In a few patients, condyloma will resolve over time without treatment. If your daughter requires treatment, her doctor may offer:
In adults, sexual contact is the most common form of transmission. But, in children, they can also be transmitted from an infected mother or other caregiver to the infant. It’s important to note, also, that if a child has genital warts – it may or may not be a sign of sexual abuse or early sexual activity.
Condyloma may resolve on its own, or her doctor may prescribe prescription medications or surgery.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all children by age 11 or 12 get the three-dose series of HPV vaccine, which protects against HPV infection, genital warts, and the viral strains that can lead to cervical, vulvar, vaginal, or anal cancer. The vaccine is now approved for females and males from the ages of 9 to 45.
It’s also important to talk to your daughters about safe sex, if they are going to be sexually active. For advice on how to approach this subject, or for additional resources, talk to your daughter’s doctor.
Condyloma can recur, and it is important to be on the lookout for recurrence over the next few years.