Signs Of HPV
Because HPV, human papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted virus, it is important to know the signs of HPV. In the majority of cases, the body’s immune system will successfully destroy the human papillomavirus within two years leaving no discernable signs. Ten percent of those infected with the HPV virus will have related health problems ranging from genital warts to several types of cancer.
- Genital warts. Weeks or months after sexual contact with an infected person, genital warts may appear in the genital area. Genital warts can be small or large bumps or a cluster of bumps shaped like cauliflower. They may appear to be bumpy or flat. Genital warts may go away by themselves but should be treated to keep them from growing or increasing in number. There is no danger in genital warts turning cancerous.
- RRP (recurrent respiratory papillomatosis). RRP is a rare health condition resulting from HPV exposure. RRP is the growth of warts in the throat that can constrict airways, cause a raspy or hoarse voice, or inhibit normal breathing and should be medically treated.
- Cancer. HPV exposure can result in several types of cancer. Women exposed to HPV can develop cervical cancer which is the most common HPV related cancer. Women should have regular screenings for cervical cancer. Young women should discuss HPV vaccination with their doctor. The other types of cancer related to HPV exposure are vulvar, vaginal, penile and anal cancer. Certain types of head and neck cancers are the most common cancer related to HPV infection in men. Usually, these types of cancer are not detectable until they become a problem. Discuss HPV testing with your doctor.