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Minerva Ginecologica 2013 October;65(5):577-85

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A new surveillance gynecological network to assess the incidence and prevalence of genital warts in the Italian female population: lessons learned

Suligoi B. 1, Salfa M. C. 1, Mariani L. 2, Corsini D. 3, Timelli L. 3, Fattorini G. 4, Vittori G. 5

1 Centro Operativo AIDS Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy; 2 HPV-unit Istituto Nazionale Tumori Regina Elena Rome, Italy; 3 Informa srl, Rome, Italy; 4 Azienda Sanitaria di Bologna, Bologna, Italy; 5 Ospedale San Carlo di Nancy, Rome, Italy


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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the etiologic agent of genital warts. Genital warts are transmitted through sexual contacts and caused in about 90% of the cases by HPV types 6 and 11. Worldwide, several million cases of genital warts occur each year both in females and males. In Italy, genital warts are not subject to mandatory notification; the only available data come from the sentinel surveillance system for sexually transmitted infections (STI), which show that external genital warts represent the most frequent STI in Italy. However, these data are not suitable for estimates of incidence and prevalence of single STI in the general population. To obtain more reliable data on the epidemiology of genital warts in the female population at large, we implemented a network of local gynecologists reporting essential data on all women visited throughout one year and detailed data on women who were diagnosed with genital warts. In order to organize and create this network, a partnership between the Italian National Institute of Health and the Italian Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics was constituted to implement the start-up and management of this pilot and unique project in Europe. The present paper intends to present the methods used to build and implement this surveillance network of local gynecologists.

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