What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?


One of the most detrimental aspects of this virus is that it typically exhibits very few, if any, symptoms that can let someone know if they are infected with HPV. The only true recognizable sign of HPV is genital warts, and that only occurs with genital wart producing types of HPV. The warts are usually tiny, bump-like structures that produce no abstract interference. Most of the time, they will go away on their own and without medication.

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Keep in mind that the types of HPV that produce genital warts do not have the ability to develop into cervical cancer. Likewise, the types of HPV that cause cervical cancer do not typically cause genital warts to appear. It is important to remember that there are several different types of HPV, and although some types may produce very minor symptoms, most cases and types are asymptomatic.

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Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

Yes. Viruses don't have cures, but symptoms can be controlled with proper treatment.

Type of Infection

Viral. The human papillomavirus is the cause of the infection.

How is it treated?

The virus itself has no treatment. However, various treatments exist for the genital warts it sometimes causes.

Recovery Time

As there is no treatment for the virus, it will most likely be carried for life, and thus there is no time line for recovery.

Can I have sex?

Yes. However, partners should be informed of your condition and condoms should always be used.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. There are many strains of HPV and even if you carry one strain, you can still be infected with another.