Top 10 questions related to HPV
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common viral infection that is transmitted sexually. It occurs in men and women. There are different types of HPV. There are some common questions related to HPV. People often search the internet to find answers to their common questions related to HPV which are discussed below:
- Does HPV cause cancer?
HPV can cause cancer. It is responsible for causing cervical cancer in women. It can also cause cancer of the vulva, vagina and penis. It can also cause oral cancer. It may take years to develop cancer after a person gets infected with HPV. It is not possible to detect which people who have HPV can develop cancer. People having weak immune system are likely to develop more complications.
- Will having HPV affect my pregnancy?
Pregnant women can get genital warts or develop abnormal cell changes on cervix. It is best to go for routine cervical cancer screening during pregnancy.
- Can a person get HPV without sexual intercourse?
Yes, it is possible to get HPV without sexual intercourse. Direct skin to skin contact with the genital area of the infected person can also lead to transfer of virus from an infected person to a healthy person.
- Is there a test to detect HPV?
A test may be done to detect HPV. The test is done to detect the high risk HPV strains. This test is not widely available. Doctors do not recommend a test for HPV because people remain asymptomatic for a longer period of time even if they are infected with HPV.
- What are the symptoms of HPV?
In most cases, there are no symptoms at all. There are lots of people who have HPV infection without knowing it. There are different types of HPV. Some strains affect the skin that produce warts on the hands and feet and other strains affect the genitals producing genital warts. There are some other strains that produce changes in the cells of the cervix leading to cervical cancer.
- What does it mean if I have an abnormal Pap test?
An abnormal pap test does not indicate that you have cancer. It only means that there is a change in the cells of the cervix. It may occur due to a vaginal infection, another sexually transmitted disease, hormonal changes, etc. It is important to discuss the result with your health practitioner for definite diagnosis.
- How is HPV spread?
You can get HPV infection by having vaginal, oral or anal sex with an infected person. It can also be transmitted even if an infected person does not show any signs and symptoms of infection.
- What are the other health problems caused by HPV?
In most cases, HPV does not cause any other health problems. It may go away, but if it stays in the body for a longer period of time, there are chances that it can produce genital warts and cancer.
- What is an effective treatment for HPV?
In conventional system, doctors prescribe antiviral medications to give symptomatic relief. Generally topical creams are prescribed to remove genital warts superficially. Women are asked to undergo surgery for the removal of cancerous cells from the body.
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- How HPV infection can be prevented?
The only way to prevent HPV infection is to abstain from any sexual activity. It is also advised to plan for safer sex with your partner. It is also recommended that women should go for regular checkups and pap tests.
Dr Ritu Sandhu, B.H.M.S., Homeopath, and NASH member graduated From Chandigarh Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, INDIA is a licensed Homeopathy practitioner since the last seventeen years. She writes on health-related topics to share her cumulative experience. Her mission is to uphold the time-honored values of compassion and humanity when caring for patients.