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New Drug May Finally Wipe Out Your Genital Warts

Update Date: Mar 07, 2017 07:50 AM EST

The possibility of wiping out genital warts through a more comfortable and painless procedure is now possible through a nitric oxide gel developed in recent studies. Completely clearing warts, better than placebo gel is what this new medication promise.

According to Men's Health, a new nitric oxide based gel is now available to treat genital warts and perianal warts. The product is a result of experiments conducted at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The preliminary study reveals that 33 percent of the 30 test subjects treated with the nitric oxide based gel achieve complete clearance of warts compared to the 4 percent of the 27 patients who have used a placebo gel.

The investigational nitric oxide-releasing tropical gel appears to be safe and effective for treating genital warts and perineal warts, Medical Page Today reports. Baseline warts in the intention-to-treat category were achieved at 33.3 percent out of the 30 patients that are treated with topical application. A high dose of the agent was used for treatment (12 percent SB206) was used in the experiment.

Using placebo vehicle gels (P=0.0099) resulted to a 4.3 percent clearing of warts out of the 27 patients. This data was revealed by Stephen Tyring, MD, Ph.D., MBA, of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, together with his team.

Around 70 percent of the 108 participants in the study were men and were in their 30's. To be considered as a test subject, patients should have two to 20 external genital/perianal warts at baseline.

Genital warts are due to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). There are currently 130 types of HPV which make the infection very common. Just like other HPV diseases, it can infect anyone through sexual encounters of skin-to-skin contact, and not through the exchange of bodily fluids.

Most of the time, this virus is harmless and comes with no symptoms. The body can also clear most HPV infections naturally, especially non-severe conditions. However, if not treated earlier, it can lead to diseases like cervical cancer in women.

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