In Sweden, genital warts, or condyloma, have been found to be most prevalent among young women and are thought to be caused by sexual promiscuity.
“We can see than an increased number of sex partners increases the risk of condyloma. Presumably a lifestyle in which we wait longer to have children and get married means that we also have more partners,” said Pär Sparén, a professor at Karolinska Institute and one of the authors of the study.
Since the highly contagious infection originates from a virus, it cannot be treated with antibiotics.
The current study showed the infection to be most common among 18 to 25-year-olds. Over the last year, two percent of Swedes between the ages of 20 and 25 contracted venereal warts.
The results are culled from two sources: a Nordic study of 70,000 women in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, as well as a pilot project recording the prevalence of the infection in the Skåne region.