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Is hpv/genital warts permanent?

Is hpv/genital warts permanent?

Usually not: HPV DNA may persist in tissues long after all visible signs of infection (warts, abnormal pap smears) are gone. But it isn't known how often this really happens. Most important, the immune system usually suppresses or cures the virus to a point that warts and abnormal pap smears do not return and the virus cannot be transmitted to partners. So for all practical purposes the infection is gone. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Hpv (Definition)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 100 different types of HPV that causes warts in different areas of the body. HPV is incredibly common and almost all sexually active men and women get it during their lifetime. Most of the time HPV does not cause any symptoms or complications. However, A limited number of these HPV viruses are pathogenic and if not monitored carefully can be responsible for causing cervical and penile cancer. Some of these viruses have been ...Read more


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How to know if you have HPV genital warts?

How to know if you have HPV genital warts?

Pap test: The combination of a Pap test (cervicovaginal cytology) and an HPV DNA test is the best way to know if you may have genital HPV. In addition, the doctor or other provider who performs these tests will alos perform a physical examination to see and feel if there are any lesions that can be identified with the naked eye. Be well. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have HPV genital warts?

How to determine if I have HPV genital warts?

Physical exam: Physical examination of your genital area by a healthcare provider would be a good place to start to answer the question of having possible genital warts. The doctor might want to perform a pap test or biopsy to confirm the clinical impression. ...Read more

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How can you know if you have HPV genital warts?

How can you know if you have HPV genital warts?

See a doctor: Physical examination by a skilled healthcare provider is the best place to start to determine if you may have genital warts. The human papillomavirus (hpv) can cause warts on the penis, scrotum, anus, vulva, vagina, and cervix. These may be visible. Tests such as the pap test and hpv dna tests can also be performed in laboratories to see if hpv is present. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can doing laundry together spread HPV genital warts?

Can doing laundry together spread HPV genital warts?

No: Hot water, detergent, bleaching agents and dryer heat will kill any HPV transferred onto clothing. ...Read more

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How can I know for sure if I have HPV (genital warts)?

How can I know for sure if I have HPV (genital warts)?

Biopsy: Your doctor can be pretty certain on examination but to know for sure requires a biopsy. ...Read more

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Can there be a recurring effect to HPV / genital warts?

Can there be a recurring effect to HPV / genital warts?

For some patients: It depends on the strain of the virus; some strains are more aggressive and prone to cause recurrences, while others are not. Also, the patient's immune status is very important as well. Immunocompromised states are a risk factor for recurrences of hpv-mediated disease (cervical dysplasia, genital warts). ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of HPV (genital warts) in men?

What are some of the symptoms of HPV (genital warts) in men?

Here are ...: Seeing newly developed bumps of variable size and elevation with no discomfort mainly on the penis, occasionally at urethral opening, around anus, or rarely even in the throat, depending on personal sex lifestyle. At times, one may feel some burning urination since concomitant STD-urethritis by gono / chlamydia may happen. Detail? Ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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Does HPV genital warts 100% came with sex, or can the body make them?

Does HPV genital warts 100% came with sex, or can the body make them?

Person to person: The viruses that cause these specialize in sexual transmission. I'd question the story of someone with warts claiming never to have had sex, but I'm also wise enough not to argue or call them a fibber. Many people who carry these particular HPV strains don't show warts. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why haven't my HPV genital warts gone away after 2 weeks?

Confusing question: Anogenital warts caused by hpv can persist for months or years. Even with cryotherapy or laser treatment, they often recur because the germ can persist in normal occurring tissue. ...Read more

Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Genital Warts (Definition)

Genital warts are warts with a raised, irregular, flesh colored appearance and can be found anywhere throughout the genital area. The medical term for them is condylomata accuminata and they are caused by certain subtypes of the human papilloma virus (HPV). They are mildly contagious by direct genital contact but are NOT a risk for cervical cancer (which is caused by other subtypes of HPV). There are multiple treatments available and there is also ...Read more


Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more