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Welcome to the comprehensive Health library of Maternal Gynerations. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

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For Teens: Understanding HPV and Genital Warts

HPV (human papilloma virus) spreads through skin contact. Some types of HPV cause genital warts. Other types put females at higher risk of cancer of the cervix. HPV is very common in both men and women. And it can't be cured. But there are treatments to remove warts. Tests can also help spot warning signs of cervical cancer.

What to Look For

Some types of HPV cause warts. Others don't. You can also have more than one type of HPV at a time. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Painless lumps or bumps. Warts may be bumpy, cauliflower-shaped, or flat. They can appear in or around the genitals or anus. 

  • An abnormal Pap smear. Over time, HPV can cause abnormal cell changes (dysplasia) on the cervix. If you have an abnormal Pap smear, a follow-up test may be done to look for HPV.

Treatment

Warts can be removed by a doctor. But the virus stays in the body. Both males and females can pass on HPV even when warts aren't visible. If a female has an abnormal Pap smear, she may have other tests or treatment. Regular checkups can help make sure the cervix is healthy.

If You Don't Get Treated

HPV can cause cell changes that increase the chance of getting cervical cancer. This health problem can sometimes cause death. If you are sexually active, you may need a Pap smear each year. Check with your doctor. A Pap smear can help spot warning signs of cancer early on-when treatments work best.

There is an HPV vaccination that helps protects you from future infection with the types of HPV that are most likely to lead to cancer. Ask your doctor whether this vaccine is right for you.

 

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