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What is the human papillomavirus (hpv)?

What is the human papillomavirus (hpv)?

Fmly of wart viruses: Hpv includes at least 100 identified strains of a wart producing dna bases virus. Two strains are associated with cervical cancer and 2 with genital warts. The virus is a somewhat stelth agent that can pass easily in spite of condom use different from some other std's. It can also go unnoticed & hibernate for years. About 70% of females are expected to be serum + for hpv within 3 yrs of 1st sex. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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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Describe how HPV (human papillomavirus) is contracted?

As STD : As std through intercourse. But also from skin and mucous membranes. Depends on the strain. There are hundreds of varieties. Some cause venereal warts, others plantar warts, others regular warts. ...Read more

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Why does human papillomavirus only affect sexually active women?

Why does human papillomavirus only affect sexually active women?

Not just women.: Sexually active women are affected because they get the disease through sex. But they can spread this to male partners who are not infected if they have multiple partners. That's why cervical cancer risk in increased in these women. But hpv can appear anywhere on the skin or mucous membranes, like arms, legs, and face. ...Read more

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Can you please define human papillomavirus?

Can you please define human papillomavirus?

Common virus: Human papillomavirus is the virus that causes different types of warts and also can cause cervical cancer. There are multiple subtypes of the virus, and certain one are associated with certain types of diseases. ...Read more

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Who is at the most risk for the human papillomavirus and why?

Who is at the most risk for the human papillomavirus and why?

Risks of HPV: Two strains are associated with cervical, oral & anal cancer and 2 with genital warts. The virus is a somewhat stealth agent that can pass easily in spite of condom use. It can also go unnoticed & hibernate for years before transforming local cells to produce cancer. The fact that it is out of sight makes the cancer strains more worrisome. Any sexually active person can get it. ...Read more

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Hi,I would like to know what tests detect human papillomavirus.

Testing: Testing for HPV is generally a DNA test done on a pap smear or a sample collected like a pap and not a blood test. There are several ways that this can be done and you can test for the high and/or the low risk strains of the virus.Hybrid capture is one of the more frequent methods used in the US but not the only one. Hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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How is HPV human papillomavirus tested?

How is HPV human papillomavirus tested?

DNA analysis: Testing is primarily performed if there is concern that the hpv strain is one with a risk for future uterine cancer. There are > 100 different strains of hpv, type 16 &18 are the severely risky ones, a few others are of intermediate risk. Most are fortunately harmless. Test is by swabbing cervical area of vagina and usually performed together with a pap test. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is HPV (human papillomavirus)?

Viral infection: There are many (dozens) of types of human papilloma virus, some of which result in genital warts (which is where it gets its name) and some of which can cause cervical dysplasia (a pre-cancerous change of the uterine cervix). These are sexually transmitted and are very common. Tests for hpv can be done at the time of a pap smear. ...Read more

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Who would need a human papillomavirus DNA detection test?

Who would   need a human papillomavirus DNA detection test?

If there is anal: & genital warts, cervix cancer, and now oropharyneal cancer, dna in the tumor, and detection of p-16 by in situ hybridization may define cause of cancers/pre-cancers. Infection is common, and infrequently leads to disease. ...Read more

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Could males can be infected with human papillomavirus and what effects has?

Could males can be infected with human papillomavirus and what effects has?

Yes: Men can easily be infected with hpv. While many men do not have any symptoms, some develop genital warts and other health issues. For a good overview, see http://www.Cdc.Gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv-and-men.Htm. ...Read more

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How do you get human papillomavirus and are there ways to treat it in girls?

How do you get human papillomavirus and are there ways to treat it in girls?

Vaccination: The usual way of acquiring hpv is through sexual intercourse, including oral sex. There is no effective treatment, but infection with some strains of hpv can be prevented through vaccination. ...Read more

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How would I know if I had human papillomavirus (hpv)? Afraid to ask my gyno.

Most people do: 85% of people over the age of 18 have hpv. The pap smear is designed to find changes associated with hpv. The gradualism vaccine is designed to help protect you from 4 of the many types of hpv. ...Read more

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What are the chances of HPV human papillomavirus clearing on its own in someone's system (i.e a 27year old male) who has abstained for 7years since..?

What are the chances of HPV human papillomavirus clearing on its own in someone's system (i.e a 27year old male) who has abstained for 7years since..?

Good chance: There is about a 70-90% chance that the immune system can clear the virus. If he notices symptoms (genital warts), he probably still has the virus. Condoms will reduce the infection rate to his partner, but it is not 100%, since it is transmitted from skin to skin, even through oral sex. Having the partner be vaccinated (as long as they're under age 26), would also reduce transmission. ...Read more

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I suffer from abdominal chill feeling.does human papillomavirus cause this?

Likely unrelated: The HPV family of viruses are surface invaders not blood invaders. They invade the skin surface that they come in contact with and persist in that local and surrounding skin. They do not enter the blood like a flu, so systemic responses like fever or chills are not part of their pattern. ...Read more

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High risk human papillomavirus. Why are there low risk and high risk viruses?

Natural variation: There are different strains of hpv virus due to small variations in dna, just like there are different varieties of dogs and other animals or plants. ...Read more

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Human papillomavirus: Can we expect blood tests in the future? What about a cure even for hpv? Very curious.. (27yr old male)

Human papillomavirus: Can we expect blood tests in the future? What about a cure even for hpv? Very curious.. (27yr old male)

No and no. Sorry!: No blood test for HPV is commercially available or expected soon. They are used in research but not accurate enough for patient care. Once a blood test is positive, it is positive for life, long after the infection is gone. True cure of HPV also is unlikely. Happily, the immune system clears almost all infections, and the large majority cause no disease, even the types with the high cancer risk. ...Read more

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How does human papillomavirus affect the body?

Risk for cancer: Vast majority of people are able to eliminate hpv infection. In about 20% it stays in the cells and in a small minority it is an etiologic factor in the cancers of uterine cervix, anus and oral cavity. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more