Antibodies against human papillomavirus type 6 capsids are elevated in men with previous condylomas


Department of Dermatovenereology, Karolinska Hospital, S-171 76 Stockholm, Sweden.


Serum samples from 47 men with current condylomas, 32 men with a history of condylomas and from 205 men with no history of genital wart disease, who were attending sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics at two different hospitals in Stockholm, were analyzed for the presence of immunoglobulin G (IgG) and A (IgA) antibodies to capsids of human papillomavirus types 6 and 11. IgG to HPV type 6 was found among 35% of patients with a history of condylomas compared to 10% of controls (p=0.0003), but only among 27% of patients with current condylomas. Antibodies to HPV 6 and to HPV 11 showed a very limited correlation, suggesting that the antibodies are HPV-type restricted. The results strengthen conclusions from a previous serological study indicating that IgG antibodies against HPV 6 develop late during condylomatous disease and mostly reflect previous exposure to the virus.