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HPV stands for human papillomavirus. It is the most common sexually transmitted infection. It is estimated that over 79 million Americans are infected with the disease. There are vaccines available to help prevent HPV.
What are the symptoms of HPV infections?
HPV infections may be hard to detect since they usually do not cause symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they may include:
- Genital warts
- Warts on your hands, fingers, or other parts of your body
- Flat warts that show up anywhere on your body
- Plantar warts that grow on the bottom of your feet
What causes HPV infections?
If you have been exposed to HPV by skin-to-skin contact, you may be at risk for developing the disease. HPV infections occur when the virus enters your body through a cut, abrasion or wound opening. Genital HPV infections are contracted through sexual intercourse and/or any other skin-to-skin contact in the genital region.
Most strains of HPV infections do not lead to cancer; however, certain ones can increase your risk for developing cervical cancer. Most likely you will not have any symptoms at first.
Routine exams performed by your physician at The Women’s Specialists of Fayette will show signs of any HPV strains linked to cervical cancer. These types of indications include precancerous lesions.
How are HPV infections treated?
Warts that may be caused from a HPV infection will generally go away without treatment, however, some do not. Your doctor will suggest the best treatment plan which may include:
- Nonprescription products with salicylic acid
- Prescription products that can boost your immune system function
- Topical prescription products for genital warts
- Chemical products that use heat to burn warts
- Cryotherapy treatment to freeze warts
- Surgery to remove warts
- Laser treatments to remove warts
How can I reduce my risk of HPV infections?
The most effective way to reduce the risk of HPV infections is abstinence. Using condoms is another way to help protect you. HVP vaccinations are also available and can protect you from the strains that cause cervical cancer. It is also important to keep your feet covered in a locker room or public pool area to prevent infections.
If you need treatment, testing, or vaccines for HPV, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
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