There is currently no medical treatment for human papilloma virus (HPV) infection.
In most women, infection with HPV causes no harm because your
immune system clears up the initial infection. This is particularly the case for women under 30 who tend to have many HPV infections. Most women with genital HPV infection do not go on to develop cervical cancer.
If you are infected with a high risk type of HPV, you will usually have no symptoms, whether you are a woman or a man.
In men, at present there is no reliable test to detect HPV infection and it's often very difficult to diagnose.
What is HPV infection?
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name for a group of viruses that affect your skin and the moist membranes lining your body; for example, in your
anus, mouth and throat. There are more than 100 types of HPV. Around 40 types of HPV infection can affect the genital area.
Infection with some types of HPV can cause:
tissue growth and other changes to cells, which can lead to cervical cancer, and
genital warts, which are the most common sexually transmitted infection (STD).
Other types of HPV infection can cause minor problems, such as common skin warts and verrucas.
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