Monday, May 07, 2018 by Janine Acero
HPV is short for human papillomavirus, consisting of more than 150 related viruses. HPV is named for the papillomas (warts) some types of HPV can cause.
Some types of HPV can lead to cancer, with some affecting the genital area. Genital HPV infections are common and highly contagious. They are transmitted through sexual intercourse and skin-to-skin contact of the genital areas.
HPV infections are the most common sexually transmitted infections in the U.S. A person is highly susceptible to it if they have had many sex partners or have had sex with someone who have had many partners.
In some instances, the warts that appear due to HPV infections go away on their own without any symptoms. However, the virus is still in the infected person’s body, which could still be passed on to sexual partners.
Common symptoms of some types of HPV are warts in the genital areas and in the throat (called a recurrent respiratory papillomatosis). They may appear large, small, flat, or cauliflower-shaped, and may be white- or flesh-colored.
Other warts associated with HPV are:
There are two categories of sexually transmitted HPV. The first one is low-risk HPV, which can cause genital warts. Untreated genital warts can cause discomfort such as abnormal urine flow in men, bleeding from the urethra, vagina, or anus.
While most HPV infections never cause any symptoms, some can trigger changes in the cells that eventually lead to cancer, as is the case with the other sexually transmitted HPV infection, called high-risk HPV. It can cause various cancers, such as:
There is no definitive cure for HPV, but there are treatments for the health problems that accompany HPV infections.
Many warts will go away on their own even without treatment, but you can have them removed by the following methods and products:
The method for removing the warts will depend on several factors such as warts’ the size, number, and location.
If precancerous or cancerous cells are discovered in the cervix, you can have them removed with one of the following ways:
The same options for removal can be used for precancerous or cancerous cells discovered in other areas of the body such as on the penis.
HPV is short for human papillomavirus, a group of viruses consisting of 150 related viruses.
HPV infections are the most common sexually transmitted infections in the U.S.
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