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Human Papillomavirus Infection

Human Papillomavirus Infection Causes

HPV infection occurs when the virus enters the body through a cut, abrasion or imperceptible tear in the outer layer of the skin. The virus is transferred typically by skin-to-skin contact.

Human Papillomavirus Infection Definition

HPV infection is a condition contracted from one of a group of more than 100 related human papillomaviruses (or HPVs).

Human Papillomavirus Infection Diagnosis

The doctor will diagnose warts or related lesions based on a visual inspection. In addition to a visual inspection of genital warts, the doctor also may apply a vinegar solution that usually turns HPV-infected genital areas white. This may aid in identifying difficult-to-see flat lesions. In most cases, there's no value in testing for the exact type of HPV infection that has caused visible warts or lesions because these HPV types don't lead to cancer.

Human Papillomavirus Infection Symptoms and Signs

Some symptoms of HPV include: genital warts, pre-malignant genital lesions, oral and upper respiratory lesions, cervical cancer and other tumors, common warts, plantar warts, and flat warts.

Human Papillomavirus Infection Treatment

There's no cure for HPV infection, though in most cases, the immune system rids the body of the virus, and warts often go away without treatment.

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