HPV is the Wart Causing Human Papillomavirus
Summary: HPV are painless but it also signals the presence of other sexually transmitted diseases inside the human body. While there may not be any symptoms, if detected, they must be treated.
Genital warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). These warts are gray in color. Some even develop flesh colored warts in the genital area and anal region. It occurs in both male and female and the infection can occur at any age. The warts are also known as condyloma acuminate or venereal warts. Genital warts are the most common sexually-transmitted disease caused by the virus HPV. Infection with genital warts may not be obvious. The genital warts are highly contagious. The disease occurs in between ages 17 and 33. Even in a single sexual contact, there’s a 60% chance of contraction. The fact is up to 20% of people having genital warts will have other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Make sure to get a HPV test to make sure your clean.
HPV each type has different effects
There are over 100 types of HPV virus that have been identified. Out of these, around 40 have the power to infect the genital area. Viruses HPV6 and HPV 11 cause 90% of genital warts. Though painless, genital warts can be quite bothersome because of itching, their location and size. There might be some discharge too from the warts. They can appear in more than one area. Very rarely there is bleeding because of urinary obstruction. They appear raised masses that are soft or rough with many fingerlike projections. They may be hidden underneath the pubic hair or under the uncircumcised foreskin. In women, the warts develop in the moist areas of the labia minora and vaginal opening. Most warts occur without any symptoms.
History and appearance of the warts serve as the basis of the diagnosis. At times enhancing techniques like acetowhitening are used to detect the lesions. A 5% acetic acid solution is applied on the area suspected of having warts for 5-10 minutes after which the infected areas will turn white. In order to look for presence of HPV infection and abnormal cells on the cervix, a routine pap smear must be done. Colposcopy – magnifying the affected area with a scope might also be necessary to see the lesions. The technique is most useful to find lesions on the cervix and inside the vaginal canal. If after treatment the lesion still remains or appears unusual, then a biopsy must be performed. Special laboratory tests are also available to confirm presence of HPV infection. Avoid any trauma to the affected area to prevent bleeding. Use precaution to avoid transmission to your sexual partner. Never squeeze or pick the warts as they are infectious and may further spread to other areas.
There unfortunately is not a specific universal HPV Treatment. Its because there are so many different kinds of Human Papillomavirus, so doctors will give treatment to the specific HPV Symptoms that you have. You could have genital warts or you could have cervical dysplasia and that would determine the course of action to take. As for warts, if you treat them at home you would have to use topical creams, freeze or burn them. Of course in a doctors office the options are even more wide spread. You could even have surgery, meaning electrical, laser or manual.