Scientists worldwide have started talking about the Human Papillomavirus as it may cause cancer.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a viral infection transmitted between people through skin-to-skin contact.
There are over 100 varieties of Human papillomavirus, and more than 40 of which are passed through sexual contact. It affects the genitals, mouth, or throat.
Some types of Human papillomavirus can lead to the development of genital warts and even cancers of the cervix, anus, and throat.
The virus that causes Human papillomavirus infection is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.
Most people get a genital HPV infection through direct sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex.
Many people have Human papillomavirus and don’t even know about it. It may contract it even if your partner doesn’t have any symptoms.
In rare cases, a mother who has Human papillomavirus can transmit the virus to her baby during delivery.
The child may develop a condition called recurrent respiratory papillomatosis where they develop warts inside their throat or airways.
Human papillomavirus symptoms
Often, Human papillomavirus infection does not show any noticeable symptoms, and the infections go away on their own within two years.
When the virus doesn’t go away on its own, it can cause serious health problems. These include genital warts and warts in the throat (known as recurrent respiratory papillomatosis).
Human papillomavirus can also cause cervical cancer and other cancers of the genitals, head, neck, and throat.
The types of Human papillomavirus that cause warts are different from the types that cause cancer.
Cancers caused by HPV often don’t show symptoms until the cancer is in later stages of growth.
Many men that are infected with HPV have no symptoms, although some may develop genital warts. See your doctor if you notice any unusual bumps or lesions on your penis, scrotum, or anus.
More than 80 percent women will contract at least one type of HPV during their lifetime. Genital warts appear inside the vagina, in or around the anus, and on the cervix or vulva.