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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) STD Brief
These briefs are intended to give readers (specifically those readers who weren’t aware many of these STDs existed) an overview of each STD, their commonality, treatment options, and diagnostic tests available.
This information is by no means all-encompassing and The STI Project encourages using these briefs as primers and then further delving into the resources section when subsequent questions arise.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Symptoms, Test & Treatment
Common? Very common – about half of all men and more than 3 out of 4 women have the human papillomavirus at some point in their lives. Most people don’t know it. Around 5.5 million people infected in the U.S. annually
Symptoms Although most HPV infections go away within 8 to 13 months, some will not. Human Papillomavirus infections that do not go away can “hide” in the body for years and not be detected. There aren’t any symptoms for high-risk strains of the virus in women or men. Most people feel fine even when they have cell changes that are caused by the human papillomavirus.
Cure? No cure – There is currently no treatment to cure the human papillomavirus itself. Most of the infections are harmless, do not require treatment, and go away by themselves. Treatment is available for the abnormal cell changes in the cervix that are caused by the human papillomavirus. Common treatments include colposcopy, cryotherapy, and LEEP.
Bacterial/Viral/ Fungal/Parasitic Viral
Test For women – pap tests looking for abnormal changes in the cervix due to the infection, and in certain situations, HPV tests administered to those cells.
For men, there is no test.
Life-Threatening? Sometimes – high-risk types of genital Human Papillomavirus can cause cancer of the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus, penis, and throat
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- Think You Might Have an STD?
- HPV (Human Papillomavirus) In-Depth
- Detailed HPV Symptoms
- HPV – Resources, Info, and Personal Experiences
- HPV Vaccine
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