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Human papilloma virus

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Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name for a group of viruses that affect your skin and the moist membranes lining your body, such as in your cervix, anus, mouth and throat.

It is a common and highly contagious infection, that many sexually active women will acquire at some point in their lives.

There are over 100 different types of HPV, affecting both the genital area and also the mouth and other body parts.

Infection with certain types of HPV can cause changes to cells within your cervix, which can lead to cervical cancer. Genital warts can also be caused by HPV and is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK. They can also cause minor problems, such as common skin warts and verrucas.

There is an HPV vaccination available that is currently available to girls only and is administered between the ages of 12 and 13.

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i have genital warts how common is it and can you get them in your mouth?please reply im so worried i have them in my mouth





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Hi, last year I had a wart removed by my doctor on my chin. Now I have two more come up and the doctor said its 9month waiting list for removal. I am really conscious of these it's making me feel down. I have looked into private health care but the cost is too much for me. I have tried so many home remedies. Pleeeeaaase I beg that someone can help? If I tried the dental floss method could this cause more problems? I really feel ashamed leaving the house with these things on me. Thanks in advance.





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prejudice, and it possible that today you can not fight this virus from the inside ... I have this problem for a couple of years use the condiline take off and after a couple present themselves again, sorry for translation error (google translator) Italy





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as I understand it is a problem of how to strengthen the immune system but everything there is a particular system or is the fate ... Ps compliments for transmission

I have white hard skin under the back of my foreskin what could it be?





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I have very small skin growth on my anus, two of them in fact. Like a lump of soft skin, what is this a sign of, would it be an std? Thank you for your help...





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Hi, I'm 31 an only found out four weeks ago my smear I had done last year in April 2013 was abnormal! Iv had this repeated and this time come back as abnormal squamous cells.. Still waiting for my results at the moment from my biopsy I had done two weeks ago now.. not quite sure if this is HPV at all.. Any ideas?





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HI I HAD A SMEAR RECENTLY AND CAME BACK I HAD HPV INFECTION,I HAVE BEEN WITH MY PARTNER FOR 7 YEARS SO IM CONFUSED HOW I GOT IT AND IM QUITE SCARED ABOUT TELLING MY PARTNER INCASE HE THINKS IVE CHEATED (WHICH I HAVENT):(





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You'll be fine, if you tell him he will understand. Just show him the information and talk to him about it. Show him that it can lay in your body without any effect for a long time and i'm sure he will understand x

It can be in your system up to 10 years before showing up

Ive had physical apparent Hpv for over 2.5 years. I tnought, ill deal with it later. I had no partner, no sexual encounters, ive had the biopsy confirmation and during which had a "single", subsequent removal. Seeing I left the situation as a typical man, as we do, it has spread fervently and rapidly as I didnt attend to the situation asap. Now.... I have a potential long term partner, ive been honest & with great self denial refuse to expose her to a or any chance of acquiring the virus. After her own research her gardisol vaccination, 3x treatments due to high risk in women cervical cancer unbeknown to transfer of HPV. she has some sense of comfort, I dont.. I have multiple large, medium & small genital warts. I cant see an end to this ongoing skin specialist attention nor a reduction in her upset & reasonable inability to get closer to me. Ive researched & done medically the best I csn. I resign to myself, no sex ever is safest, be it her or anyone in the unforeseeable future. Lost...





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Can HPV be spread through the sharing of underwear? For instance if an infected person tried on some underwear and a little while later, an uninfected person tried the same underwear on would they be at risk? Sorry if this question seems strange, however it is bugging me for personal reasons I wouldn't like to disclose. Thanks for your time





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Hi, yes there is a small risk of them contracting is especially if they have any cuts/sores down there!! If there are any spores from the warts in your pants then yes, you run a small risk of them contracting it. Best idea is to wash the pants in 60 degree water to kill off any virus that is present. Advice given to me Via the gum clinic as have also had to deal with the awful virus!

Hi Kieve, Very recently I have spoken to a member of my local gum clinic who said the virus is not spread by objects such as clothing or towels. Direct skin to skin contact is required to transmit HPV.

Hi i had a coil put in yr ago and the clamp got stuck inside which caused a cut. Now i have an erosion. Also had a smear and have borderline abnormal cells and hpv. Could this all have been causedby the clamp getton stuck and does it mean it is serious





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HPV is caused by having contact with someone who is infected( usually by having sex) all the clamps are sterile so there is no chance it is caused by that! Abnormal cells can be anything from thrush to HPV. The Dr can do a biopsy and tell you if they are precancerous cells , thrush, hpv etc. Don't worry, lots of women have abnormal cells from A Smear. And it's nothing to wory about . Ask your GP what was abnormal about them and if there is anything to be concerned about. HPV is the virus that makes genital warts appear


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