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Epidemiology and costs associated with genital warts in Canada.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18981170     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Genital warts (condyloma acuminatum) remain one of the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infections (STI) worldwide. Most genital warts are caused by non-oncogenic human papilloma virus. Recurrence is common and many patients receive several rounds of treatment. There are limited data in the literature on the burden of illness and costs associated with genital warts at a population level. METHODS: Episodes of anogenital warts (AGW) were identified from the physician billing database, hospitalisation records and STI clinics from 1998 to 2006. To be included from the physician billing and STI databases, the person had to have a claim that had a diagnosis of condyloma acuminatum (078.11), viral warts (078.1), viral warts unspecified (078.10) or other unspecified warts (078.19), as well as one of the relevant fee codes associated with the treatment of AGW. To be included from the hospital database, the person could be of any age and have a diagnosis of AGW (A63.0), condyloma acuminatum (078.11), viral warts (078.1 or B07), viral warts unspecified (078.10) or other unspecified warts (078.19) in any of the diagnosis fields, as well as one of the relevant procedure codes associated with the treatment of AGW. RESULTS: A total of 39,493 people was diagnosed with AGW and during this period they had a total of 43,586 episodes. The average cost per episode of AGW was $C190 ($C176 for men; $C207 for women). The majority of treatment was with ablative therapy alone (98%). CONCLUSIONS: AGW are associated with a significant burden of illness and costs to the healthcare system.
F Marra; G Ogilvie; L Colley; E Kliewer; C A Marra
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-11-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sexually transmitted infections     Volume:  85     ISSN:  1472-3263     ISO Abbreviation:  Sex Transm Infect     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-24     Completed Date:  2009-06-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9805554     Medline TA:  Sex Transm Infect     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  111-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of British Columbia, BC, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
British Columbia / epidemiology
Condylomata Acuminata / economics,  epidemiology*,  therapy
Cost of Illness
Costs and Cost Analysis
Health Care Costs
Young Adult

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