1. What is HPV infection?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the name of a group of viruses which causes infection on the skin surface. It is one of the most common viral infections. Many experts believe HPV infection is an inevitable consequence of normal sexual activity
2. What are the symptoms of an HPV infection?
In most cases, HPV has no symptoms, and you will be unaware that you have it. If HPV symptoms do occur, they may appear as warts on the genital area or as an abnormal cervical smear
3. Can HPV be treated?
There are treatments for conditions caused by HPV, including genital warts, cervical cell changes and cancer. But here is no cure for HPV itself.
4. How long does an HPV infection last?
HPV infections lasts up to 24 months before the immune system eliminates the condition. During this time, most people are unaware that they are infected, and that makes it difficult to stop the spread of the virus.
5. How serious is HPV?
In most cases, the HPV virus is painless and causes no symptoms.
And in a few cases, HPV causes genital warts, which is not a severe infection, has treatment options available and disappears typically on its own.
Though, some types of HPV that you can’t notice can potentially cause changes to skin cells which can seldom lead to cancers in both men and women, including cervical, vaginal, vulval, anal, head and neck cancers and penile cancers.
6. Is HPV deadly?
Yes, in some cases, the virus causes changes in cells that lead to the growth of potentially fatal cancers.
7. How do I know if my partner or I have been exposed to HPV?
Most people do not develop symptoms, and they stay unaware of the infection. To avoid or minimise the chance of exposure, you can refrain from sexual activity, limit the number of sexual partners you have and practise safe sex.