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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 multiple penile warts and am unable to control the spread on my penis and anus. I attended a STD clinic where cryotherapy and creams were performed but this did not control the warts. Unfortunately, I went out of the country for 6 months and was unable to continue any treatments during this time. I am now embarrassed by the ailment and am avoiding attendance to a STD clinic. How can I self treat the warts without being seen by a specialist?





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Hello. Gosh I wish I knew the answer as my BF has been sufferif for a year In agony with these! Do not ever get surgery to remove them as it is excruitiating with appalling aftercare!! We found that wartamine which is basically apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, olive leaf oil seems to work vey well. Apply to cotton wool and apply to warts for 2-3 hours daily. After 4-5 days they should start to turn black and fall of. This does sting Like hell for the first few mins. I won't lie!! It won't get rid of the virus but will get rid of the warts but you must do it daily for a month at least. The GUM clinics have seen it all before so please dont be embarrassed to go. It's all confidential!

I was diagnosed as having the HPV virus when carrying my first child and told I had maternal genital warts and that they would probably go once my hormones had settled after giving birth which they did. I have had regular smear tests and had 2 children since the first outbreak with no re-occurrence. My partner and I was both treated by having the warts frozen which worked on some of his but not all, he still has several, is this normal and should I be worried that he still has them. This is nearly 6 years ago now that we was both diagnosed with the HPV virus?





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Hi i have a verruca on the heel of my foot and have had it for a long time and tried many treatments but it wont go and sometimes hurts i need help





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I have a slightly embarrassing question to ask regarding HPV. Is there any chance of transmission of cancer causing HPV through the sharing of underwear? I don't want to go into specifics but its something that's been bugging me for quite a while now. The internet is full of contradicting information. Any help and advice would be absolutely great.





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Yes you can James. There's nothing embarrassing about it. It is a very common virus.

Last year I had CIN 3, and had treatment to remove the abnormal cells. I wasn't tested for the virus though. I was only aware of the link to cervical cancer, and wasn't told about the links of the HPV virus to other cancers. Because I had CIN 3, is there a risk of me developing these other cancers too? (By the way, this was my first smear, at age 25) Are they looking into lowering the age for first smear tests do you know? Thank you





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I had the hpv virus level 2 and had it lasered away less then a year ago. The nurse who did my smear told me it was important that my hubby got checked out to nake sure he was not carrying hpv. But when he went to the doctor he had no idea what he was talking about and said that there is no way to test men. Is this correct? thanks kayleigh





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According to my doctor a man can only carry the infection and it doesn't have any symptoms or side affects the only way to test for hpv is by doing a biopsy. In this case it could easily be missed and by the time the biopsy results come back it will have probably gonex

Where can I get my 14 year old Son vaccinated in Suffolk and how much does it cost?





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Hi Clare, I know this isn't the best answer for you but i would like to say do a quick google search in your area for "free HPV vaccine". It's pretty normal for children to receive free vaccines for HPV.

I had a colposcopy today after finding I have the hvp virus they said that the virus was inactive so no further treatment was needed I'm confused now does this mean it's gone or is it sometimg that could become active eventually and what would happen then. Iv been told I won't need another smear for the usual 3years





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I had a colposcopy today after finding I have the hvp virus they said that the virus was inactive so no further treatment was needed I'm confused now does this mean it's gone or is it sometimg that could become active eventually and what would happen then. Iv been told I won't need another smear for the usual 3years





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I am a 47 year old woman who through HPV have had vagina, vulva, womb, clitoris, ovaries and tubes removed. It was a long time before I was diagnosed as kept being told was bad thrush to start. When I was the first consultant I saw made me feel very dirty even though have only had 4 sexual partners in my lifetime, I was made to feel very promiscious. When they have removed these parts of my body they have found cancer cells. I have had 24 different surgeries in last 30 months. I have just been given the HPV injection as there has been some indication that can do some good. I just want people to be aware and wish this virus and the problems it causes were more openly talked about. Lot of help groups for other cancers, however never found one yet for my type.





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