Featured HPV Articles
Descriptions of Featured HPV Articles
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the cause of genital warts. However, as this eMedTV page explains, many infected people have no symptoms. This article gives a general overview of HPV, including information about diagnosis, transmission, and treatment.
Genital warts are highly contagious and can be spread through sexual contact with an infected individual. This eMedTV page further describes genital warts, explains how they are spread, and lists the various treatment options that are available.
The HPV vaccine can prevent several conditions caused by the human papillomavirus. This page from the eMedTV archives also includes information on the typical dosing schedule for the vaccine, possible side effects, and what to do if you miss a dose.
HPV in Men
HPV occurs in men as frequently as it does in women. This eMedTV resource discusses how the human papillomavirus (HPV) can be spread through sexual contact and cause symptoms such as genital warts. There is currently no test for HPV in men.
As this eMedTV segment explains, the HPV test is designed to detect the presence of the virus's genetic material in women. The test should not be used as a substitute for regular Pap smears, nor is it appropriate for all women.
Possible HPV symptoms can include genital warts and precancerous changes in the penis and other organs. This eMedTV article features information on these symptoms and their treatment, explaining why many people infected with the virus have no symptoms.
As this eMedTV page explains, treatment for HPV can include observation, electrocautery, laser treatment, and cryosurgery. This article covers the different types of treatments and the reasons for using them, such as pain relief and cosmetic reasons.
Genital Warts Treatment
Creams, burning, freezing, and surgery can be used to treat genital warts. This eMedTV page describes these options in detail and explains why the options used can be different for each case. For example, the size of the warts may affect treatment.
HPV and Pregnancy
Many conditions can be affected by HPV, and pregnancy is no exception. This eMedTV page tells you how an infection can affect the mother and the baby. For example, a woman with HPV may require a cesarean section if the warts block the birth canal.
HPV transmission is common. In fact, as this eMedTV Web page points out, at least 50 percent of sexually active men and women acquire a genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. Detailed information on transmitting HPV is also provided.
Certain strains of HPV are called "high-risk" because they can lead to cancer. This eMedTV page includes information on both low-risk and high-risk HPV, and explains that the majority of these infections go away on their own and don't cause cancer.
It's important to understand some basic HPV info. As this eMedTV article explains, there are estimated to be more cases of genital HPV infection than any other sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Knowing info like this can reduce your risk.
How Do Genital Warts Spread?
Genital warts spread through direct skin contact with an infected person during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. This eMedTV article further discusses how genital warts are transmitted and explains whether or not condoms are effective in preventing them.
As this eMedTV page explains, infection with HPV is quite common and is often characterized by warts. This article discusses human papillomavirus (HPV) in greater detail and includes a link to more in-depth information on the virus.
HPV Vaccine Side Effects
This eMedTV segment explains that there are potential HPV vaccine side effects, including dizziness, diarrhea, and reactions at the injection site. This page also highlights some of the more serious and rare side effects of the HPV vaccine.
At the present, there is no cure available for HPV. However, as this article on the eMedTV Web site explains, you can still reduce your risk of acquiring HPV by using condoms, by being in a mutually monogamous relationship, or getting the HPV vaccine.
This eMedTV Web page features important statistics on HPV, such as the fact that by age 50, at least 80 percent of women will have been infected with genital HPV infection. This article takes a quick look at the trends for human papillomavirus (HPV).