HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). It is a viral infection that leads to cancer or genital warts. Not every HPV infections lead to cancer. But some can cause cancer in the lower regions of the body such as the cervix, anus, penis, vagina, vulva. There are many varieties of human papillomavirus. Some cause warts, and some cause cancer.
HPV infection spreads from person to person sexually or through skin-to-skin contact. Vaccines are the best protection against HPV which is most likely to cause genital warts or cervical cancer.
The most common STD
There are hundreds of types of human papillomavirus (HPV). About 40 have the ability to cause cancer in your genital area —vulva, vagina, cervix, rectum, anus, penis, and scrotum. Some can also cause cancer of the mouth and throat. HPV spread through sexual contact or skin-to-skin touch. Some cause common warts such as hand warts
on different parts of the body such as feet. Most importantly these aren’t sexually transmitted.
Genital HPV infections are the most common STD. Many people get HPV infected after sex at some point in their lives but they do not show any symptoms and feel totally good, so they don’t even know they’re infected.
Many of the infection caused by genital HPV isn’t harmful and go away with time. Only some kind of HPV causes genital warts or cancer.
In some people, their immune system defeats HPV infection before it gets spread or become dangerous. HPV causes warts at different places, some of them are:
- Genital warts. Warts arise near the genital area. They appear as flat lesions, small cauliflower-like bumps. In women, warts appear on the vulva or near the anus. While in men it attacked the penis and scrotum.
- Common warts. Warts that appear on hands or fingers consider common warts. These warts are painful or susceptible to injury or bleeding.
- Plantar warts. Plantar warts have hard texture and generally appear on the heels or balls of your feet.
- Flat warts. They can occur anywhere at any place. Mostly on the face in Children and in beard.
How do you get HPV?
HPV infection spreads from person to person sexually or through skin-to-skin contact.
It occurs when human papillomavirus enters your body, through the cut, abrasion, or during sex. Genital HPV infections are transmitted through sexual activities when your vulva, vagina, cervix, penis, or anus touch someone else’s genitals. Some HPV can also be caused by oral sex.
If you have an HPV infection and you are pregnant then your baby may get an infection.
Genital HPV infections are common STD. Many people get HPV infected after sex at some point in their lives but they do not show any symptoms and feel totally good, so they don’t even know they’re infected.
Many of the infections caused by genital HPV aren’t harmful and go away with time. Only some kind of HPV causes genital warts or cancer.
Cervical cancer is most common cancer caused by HPV
HPV can cause cancer in the lower regions of the body such as the cervix, anus, penis, vagina, vulva. Among them, Cervical cancer is most common. It takes 20 years to develop cervical cancer after an HPV infection. The vaccine is the only best protection against Human papillomavirus.
If you experienced any of the given warts which cause pain, mood change, or embarrassment. Consult a doctor ASAP, it is best to treat HPV at an early stage.
There are some methods that help to prevent the HPV disease
- Get HPV vaccine.
- Use condoms, protection while sex.
- Don’t touch warts repeatedly.
- Wash your hands after touching a wart.
- Avoid harsh chemicals or cram over a wart.
- If you get warts on foot then Don’t walk without footwear, Use footwear
- Wash the wart gently
- Don’t share towels and other genital items with others.