The Center for Disease Control estimates the human papillomavirus (HPV) infects one in four people in the United States. If you suspect you have HPV due to warts in your genital area, you need a prompt diagnosis. Dr. Jehuda Renan offers diagnostic testing and treatment for HPV at his OB/GYN practice in Tarzana, California to eliminate warts and reduce your risks for cervical cancer. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office today.
HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a common viral condition affecting both women and men that includes a group of over 150 related viruses. Some types of the virus cause warts in the genital area and may lead to cancer.
The CDD estimates that nearly 79 million Americans currently have an HPV infection and 14 million people each year become newly infected.
The virus is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. Oral sex and sexual intercourse are the most common methods of spreading the virus. In many cases, people infected with HPV never know they have the virus and spread it unknowingly.
Dr. Renan may recommend HPV vaccinations to prevent infection from the type of HPV virus that causes cancer as part of your regular reproductive health care up to age 26. The vaccination is also available for both girls and boys between the ages of 11 and 12.
HPV infections may not present any symptoms initially. The virus can cause warts to develop on the genitals of both males and females, even years after being infected. Warts are small bumps that may appear raised or flat. They vary in size and may be cauliflower-shaped.
You can spread the HPV virus even if you have no active symptoms. It is often difficult to determine when exactly you became infected with HPV because the virus can take years to produce genital warts.
Many infected with HPV have no medical issues or virus symptoms. In some untreated HPV cases that don’t resolve on their own, infections can lead to several types of cancer, including:
In some cases, HPV may go away without treatment and have no further health complications. However, Dr. Renan recommends an accurate diagnosis to reduce your cancer risk from genital warts and screens your risk factors with genetic testing.
There’s no treatment for the HPV virus, but Dr. Renan may suggest prescription medication to eliminate warts. He also recommends routine Pap smears and regular monitoring to ensure your HPV doesn’t result in cancer. He only surgically intervenes once your lesions transition from low-grade to high-grade.
For an HPV evaluation, schedule an appointment with Dr. Renan by phone or online.