Human papillomavirus type 7 (HPV-7) was originally identified in common warts of butchers. It has remained unclear, however, whether HPV-7 also induces other distinct types of cutaneous lesions. We observed similar keratoses on the groins of 2 patients. The lesions presented as multiple, smooth and small with little change in color from that of the adjacent skin and were diagnosed as condylomas. Their histological features were acanthosis, papillomatosis and parakeratosis with hyperkeratotic perinuclear vacuolation in the granular layer. By Southern blot analysis, HPV-7 DNA was identified in both condylomas. We conclude that HPV-7 infection causes condyloma. In addition, we discuss the long-held dogma regarding the association of HPV-7 with butcher’s warts and highlight the potential need for clinicians to know causal HPV types in cutaneous lesions given the increased use of prophylactic HPV vaccines.

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