The human papillomavirus never ceases to be contagious. On the contrary, it is potentially contagious throughout the life of the infected person.
It’s very difficult to know when the virus has disappeared from your body because there are no blood tests that can detect it.
The Importance of the Pap Smear for a Normal Life
As of today, there are no treatments that can completely cure HPV, although its effects can be treated so that you can lead a normal life. Even the infection, in most cases, does not harm your body and may disappear after two years.
HPV is not easy to detect because it may not show symptoms, so it is advisable that you periodically perform a general medical check-up that includes the Pap smear test, as it can detect the virus.
Genital Warts Are Symptoms of HPV
The appearance of warts on your genitals is a symptom that you have been infected, so consulting your doctor is a priority. Depending on their type, these genital warts can be treated with chemicals, lotions, or creams. They can also be removed surgically, by freezing or burning them.
Early detection of the disease is important. There are cases that show no symptoms. And in others, warts may appear years after the initial contagion, so check-ups with your doctor are fundamental.
In men, detection is more complicated, as there are currently no reliable tests, making it more difficult to diagnose.
Where Can Genital Warts Appear?
Warts usually appear on:
- the vulva,
- the vagina,
- the cervix,
- the anus,
- or on the penis.
They can take different shapes, be flat or protrude from the skin. Sometimes they resemble a small cauliflower. In fact, some are so small that people fail to detect them.
You should know that the infected person can transmit the virus even if they don’t have genital warts or if these have completely disappeared. The virus remains active within the body.
Even in sexual relations where female or male latex condoms are used, contagion can still occur because the condom does not provide 100% protection.
It’s Important for You to Know That You Have HPV
Keep in mind that in women, a persistent HPV infection can cause cellular changes in the cervix. There are strains of the virus that are high risk and, over time, can develop into cervical cancer.
Abnormal cells in your cervix can only be treated if detected in time, and your doctor can help you do this. Bear in mind that 99% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV.
It is also important to prevent infecting other people. The person with whom you have sexual relations should be aware of the potential contagion, so they can take appropriate precautions and thus protect both themselves and you.
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.
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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