Yes. in fact this type of infection is so common that most people will have some kind of HPV during their lifetime. The majority of people aren't aware that they have an HPV infection, thus it's often passed to others unknowingly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 79 million people in the United States currently have some kind of HPV.
HPV often causes no symptoms or obvious health issues. However, in some cases, it can cause genital warts on the vulva, anus, cervix, or within the vagina. HPV infections are sometimes discovered only when they cause more serious health problems. HPV can cause cancer of the cervix, vagina, and vulva. It has also been tied to anal cancer and throat cancer. However, it's important for patients to understand that the majority of people with HPV don't develop cancer.
HPV is passed during sexual contact. In rare situations, HPV is passed from a pregnant woman to her baby during the birth.
Yes. HPV causes abnormal pap smear results, and in fact is the most frequent reason for abnormal pap smears. When a patient has a mildly abnormal pap smear result, they'll generally have another pap smear in 6 months but may not require any further action right away. In some cases, when there are potentially more serious changes in the cells of the cervix, it's often recommended that the patient has a colposcopy. This test allows for a close-up investigation of the cervical cells, as well as removal of small samples for biopsy. An HPV test is often helpful for patients who have abnormal pap smears. The test will reveal whether a patient has HPV, and if so whether it's low risk or high risk.
There is no cure for HPV, but it often goes away on its own within 2 years. However, in the cases where patients experience symptoms such as genital warts, there are removal methods ranging from topical solutions to surgical removal.
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