HPV, the acronym for human papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted disease that can infect both men and women. Any sexually active man or woman can get this disease. It will spread when people engage in oral, anal, or vaginal sex. Most people who have this disease have no, or extremely mild symptoms. Mild symptoms cannot be noticed or they can be mistaken for another skin disorder, such as ingrown hair or a pimple. Due to this, most people, having this disorder do not know if they have human papillomavirus.
1How common are the symptoms of HPV?
There are hundreds of types of HPV, so the symptoms of HPV depend on the type. Some HPV types will produce warts, such as plantar warts on the patients’ feet and hand warts, which is more common in sufferers. Most types of the HPV disease can infect the patients’ genital area, such as the vagina, vulva, cervix, anus, rectum, scrotum, or penis.
The symptoms of HPV may occur in almost all sexually active males and females, but most of them who have the disease do not know its symptoms. However, the good news is that most HPV diseases have no destructive effect at all
The common low-risk symptoms of the disease, such as genital warts, will be caused by some kinds of HPV. Some high-risk types of HPV may produce cell changes that sometimes show the way for cervical cancer and some other serious effects, such as throat and genital cancers.
Although nearly all HPV diseases will leave within 8 to 13 months, some HPV types will not HPV diseases that do not leave can remain in the body of the sufferer for years and they cannot be detected.