Human Papillomavirus

Human Papillomavirus or HPV are common viruses that cause warts. It is said that there are more than 100 types of human pappilomaviruses. Even though most of them are harmless, there are around 30 viruses which may cause cancer. Those cancerous viruses affect the genitals through sexual contact. “Papilloma” is a term, meaning warts. They result from the viruses. These viruses, usually, lives in the epithelial cells of the human body. They can also be found in different parts of the body such as the head, cervix, throat, mouth, vagina, vulva, and penis. Normally, HPV seems to spread through sexual intercourse and oral sex. Using a condom during intercourse may not always protect one from HPV. Human Papillomavirus do not show symptoms in infected people. The patient or his/her partner may not know that the virus has been affected their body. HPV can be of high-risk and low-risk. Human Papillomavirus 16, 18, 31, 35, 39, 45, 52, 58 and some others are considered to be dangerous. 70% cases of cervical cancers are a result of HPV 16 and 18. Whereas, HPV 6, 11 and some other are low-risk HPV which may not cause dangerous health issues. They cause genital warts in affected people. Studies of CDC points that, women are more risk for developing HPV than men. In some cases, the warts will disappear on its own without any treatment. Still, the person may have HPV virus in his/her body and may pass it to others. Certain medications are prescribed to apply on the lesion to eliminate the warts. Certain kinds of acids and creams are usually prescribed.