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Human Papillomavirus

What is Human Papillomavirus?

Human papillomavirus or HPV is a sexually transmitted disease among both men and women. People who are sexually active with one or multiple partners are exposed to this virus. The infection is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. More than 100 HPV varieties are there that can be transmitted through sexual intercourse and usually affect the throat, genitals, and mouth.

According to a study, HPV is identified as the most common and contagious sexually transmitted infection. People can mostly experience the condition in their genitals in different varieties. It is easily transmissible even if the person has one sexual partner or few partners. 

It is important to note that HPV often doesn’t pose any serious health problems. However, if it is not treated on time, then it leads to hazardous problems such as cervix cancer, throat, and even anus. 

Human Papillomavirus Symptoms 

Human papillomavirus often involves affecting the genitals of both men and women. Usually, there aren’t any major signs that are experienced by both genders. If symptoms do occur, then the most common is genital warts in the vaginal area of women and in the penis among men. 

Genital warts are the major human papillomavirus symptoms that one should not ignore if it is observed on time. Warts appear cauliflower-like-lump and are rough that develop on the skin. They might take weeks, days, and even years to grow after an individual is infected with the virus. The warts are not dangerous and go away on their own. 

HPV that are high-risk is not considered dangerous until the condition has transformed into cancer. One of the most common types of HPV is cervical cancer. There are other types of cancer as well which includes anal cancer, penile cancer, throat cancer, vaginal cancer, and vulvar cancer. 

It doesn’t mean that a person with HPV will surely develop these conditions, it only happens in rare cases. It is important to get in touch with the professional after the warts signs are noticed so that the doctor can recommend treatment if required. 

Human Papillomavirus Causes

The most common human papillomavirus cause is skin-to-skin contact. Most individuals get infected with the infection through direct sexual contact with the person who is already affected. It involves vaginal, oral, and anal sexual intercourse. 

There is one thing to be aware of the fact that it is a skin-to-skin infection so it is not necessarily vital that it will only transmit through intercourse. Some people have HPV but aren’t aware of it, so one can easily contract the infection even if the other partner is not experiencing symptoms. There is a possibility that an individual can experience different HPV types.

A baby in the womb can also contract the infection if the mother has HPV and as a result, the baby can have the recurrent respiratory papillomatosis condition which leads to growing warts in the throat or airways.

When to see a doctor

The doctor recommends visiting a professional or even GP as soon as any kind of discomfort in the genitals is observed. If the warts are noticed in the genitals for a longer time, then also the doctor visit shouldn’t be overlooked. There can be other types of HPV that one can experience.

Human Papillomavirus Diagnosis

The doctor will initiate a Human papillomavirus diagnosis with a visual analysis if warts or lesions are visible. The doctor might also order some tests for HPV infection confirmation.

Tests for HPV diagnosis are:

Currently, there is no procedure for HPV screening in males, and the options for testing are restricted. When an individual is involved in receptive anal sex, then the doctor might suggest an anal pap smear test. HPV diagnosis can be initiated at home as well, but it is essential to get in touch with the doctor for confirmation. Home tests do not help detect cancer.

Human Papillomavirus Treatment

No cure is available for HPV when it comes to the virus removal from the body. However, an individual can involve certain steps for the warts removal causing HPV. It is also to be noted that usually warts disappear on their own without requiring any human papillomavirus treatment.

Additionally, here is the treatment the doctor might recommend depending on the symptoms.

Common warts

Common warts are treatable with over-the-counter products. One must ensure not to use the products on warts in the genital area. In some cases, the doctor might suggest some medications like podofilox, podophyllin, imiquimod, and trichloroacetic acid. There might be a requirement for surgical intervention as well.

Genital warts

The doctor recommends treatment for people with genital warts which includes:

Why should you choose Rukmani Birla Hospital, Jaipur?

Rukmani Birla Hospital, Jaipur is among the eminent multi-special hospitals operating in the city for decades. The hospital has integrated the most amazing and experienced doctors including other staff members. We ensure dedicating ourselves to offering exceptional and satisfactory patient care. The primary objective behind the inception of this hospital was to make healthcare services available to everyone at an affordable cost including the finest treatment.

We have incorporated the latest and advanced technological equipment to achieve our aspirations and are working every day to make it more progressive. We are one of the NABH-accredited hospitals.

If you ever experience the signs of human papillomavirus, ensure getting in touch with us. Our doctors will ensure a diagnosis of the problem and recommend treatment if required.



How long after exposure HPV is contagious?

HPV is considered to be more contagious during the incubation period. This period ranges from around three to six months, however, the infection is transmissible within two weeks to eight months.

Can you have HPV for life?

HPV is one of the conditions that disappears on its own, however, it might take time i.e. maybe two weeks or even two years. It doesn’t pose any serious health issues, but when it is still in the body then it causes issues like cancer and genital warts.

Can one get HPV twice?

As per studies, it is found that once the person is infected with HPV becomes immune to the specific type and must not be re-infected. It is also found that the immunity to the infection is poor and there is a probability that one can get re-infected.

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