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Does HPV 16 and 18 Cause Genital Warts?

There are often many questions about the symptoms caused by certain types of Human Papillomavirus, especially HPV 16 and HPV 18. We have considered the assessment of health experts on this topic.

According to numerous studies aiming to understand how this virus works, there are over 100 types of identified HPV. While some have been categorized as “low risk”, others pose a high carcinogenic risk.

Another very relevant aspect is that with some types of HPV, genital warts are very visible. While in other classifications of HPV, they are less noticeable.

HPV 16 and 18 can cause internal genital warts

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Unlike other variations of this virus, HPV 16 and 18 do not usually result in external genital warts.

But this does not mean that they do not have a relationship with the appearance of warts. What happens is that HPV 16 and 18 can cause internal genital warts.

Internal genitals such as the cervix, or the anus in the case of men, can be affected by the appearance of flat warts. And due to their location, they are much more difficult to see.

To perceive the internal genital warts caused by HPV 16 and 18, it is necessary to use a colposcope. Therefore, it is essential to visit the doctor to verify if there are lesions in the internal genitals.

Internal warts and cancer risk

Numerous studies support the fact that HPV 16 and 18 are two highly carcinogenic types. It is believed that at least 70% of the causes of cervical cancer cases are due to the presence of HPV 16 and 18 infection.

If there is a suspicion of an HPV case of these two types, it is essential to receive treatment to help the body overcome the virus in time.

But when there is no timely treatment, the virus can progress and result in an invasive carcinoma. It is a very high risk especially for women.

Do external warts pose a cancer risk?

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HPV types 6 and 11 are often responsible for the appearance of warts on external genitals. In men, they usually appear in the anus and around the penis area, and in women, in the vulva.

However, the appearance of warts from HPV does not only occur in the genitals but also in the groin or on the palms of hands. They can also appear on the scalp or neck.

About this, HPV 6 and 11 warts on external genitals are usually harmless. They also do not pose a higher risk for the development of certain types of cancer. In fact, they are known as low-risk variations.

Finally, both internal warts caused by HPV 16 and 18 and external warts caused by HPV 6 and 11 pose a risk of transmission through sexual practice.

These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.

What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.

For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.

Click here to see what he did

I wish you great success in your recovery!


Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.

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