Symptoms Of HPV FAQs
HPV or human papillomavirus is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. This papillomavirus infects the mucous membrane and epidermis of humans. In women, this virus can lead to cancers of the vagina, vulva, anus, and cervix. In men, it can lead to cancers of the penis and anus. There are more than 130 types of HPV, around 40 of which are known to infect both men and women’s genital areas and surrounding tissues. What are the symptoms of HPV infection?
Most people who are infected with HPV are not even aware that they have it. Some types of HPV however, can cause the development of genital warts both in men and in women. Other types of HPV can cause cancers of the penis, vagina, anus, vulva, and cervix. Those types of HPV that can cause cancer are not the same as those that can case genital warts.
Genital warts can occur in clusters and usually appear as tiny bumps that can easily spread into large masses that develop in the genital area. In women, these warts can be found around the anus, on the opening of the cervix, or inside and outside of the vagina. In men, they can be seen on the shaft, at the tip of the penis, around the anus, or on the scrotum (see picture of genital warts above). In rare cases, warts can develop in the throat or mouth.
Those who will develop cervical cancer because of HPV infection will not notice any symptoms until it has reached its advanced stages. Same goes for cancers in the vagina, anus, vulva, and penis.
As with any disease, you should consult your doctor for appropriate diagnosis and treatment for HPV.