HPV (human papilloma virus) spreads through skin contact. Some types of HPV cause genital warts. Other types put females at higher risk of cancer of the cervix. HPV is very common in both men and women. And it can't be cured. But there are treatments to remove warts. Tests can also help spot warning signs of cervical cancer.
Some types of HPV cause warts. Others don't. You can also have more than one type of HPV at a time. Here are some things to look out for:
Painless lumps or bumps. Warts may be bumpy, cauliflower-shaped, or flat. They can appear in or around the genitals or anus.
An abnormal Pap smear. Over time, HPV can cause abnormal cell changes (dysplasia) on the cervix. If you have an abnormal Pap smear, a follow-up test may be done to look for HPV.
Warts can be removed by a doctor. But the virus stays in the body. Both males and females can pass on HPV even when warts aren't visible. If a female has an abnormal Pap smear, she may have other tests or treatment. Regular checkups can help make sure the cervix is healthy.
HPV can cause cell changes that increase the chance of getting cervical cancer. This health problem can sometimes cause death. If you are sexually active, you may need a Pap smear each year. Check with your doctor. A Pap smear can help spot warning signs of cancer early on-when treatments work best.
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