Human Papillomavirus infection

Transmission and Symptoms

What is HPV - Human Papillomavirus infection?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of related viruses. They can cause warts on different parts of your body. There are more than 200 types. About 40 of them are spread through direct sexual contact with someone who has the virus. They can also spread through other intimate, skin-to-skin contact.

Some of these types can cause cancer. There are two categories of sexually transmitted HPV. Low-risk HPV can cause warts on or around your genitals, anus, mouth, or throat. High-risk HPV can cause various cancers: cervical cancer, anal cancer, some types of oral and throat cancer, vulvar cancer, vaginal cancer, penile cancer, most HPV infections go away on their own and don't cause cancer, but sometimes the infections last longer.

When a high-risk HPV infection lasts for many years, it can lead to cell changes. If these changes are not treated, they may get worse over time and become cancer. If you follow this link you will get important treatment information from institutions that are recognized for their scientific accuracy.

Even though many people infected with HPV are asymptomatic, they can still infect others through sexual contact. HPV is passed through skin-to-skin contact during unprotected sex which includes vaginal, anal, and oral sex. It is important to note that intercourse does not need to occur in order to pass on the virus. 

Prevention is the best treatment for Human Papillomavirus, as there is no cure for the virus. The virus and warts caused by the infection may go away on their own. In most cases, the body can produce antibodies against the viruses, thus the body will rid itself from the virus within a year or two. 

When treatment is needed, the main goal is to relieve symptoms. This can occur by removing any visible warts or abnormal cells in the cervix.

HPV Treatment can include the following:

  • Cryosurgery
  • Prescription cream
  • Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)
  • Electrocautery 
  • Laser Therapy

HPV Common Questions

No, there is currently no specific treatment that treats HPV infection.

In most people, the HPV virus is harmless and causes no symptoms and will not develop into warts, or pre-cancer or cancer. In a few people, HPV causes genital warts, which is not a serious infection, has treatment options available, and usually disappears on its own.

However, some types of HPV that you can't see, can cause changes to skin cells which can sometimes lead to cancers in both men and women, including cervical, vaginal, vulval, anal, head and neck cancers and penile cancers.

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