How is Human Papillomavirus (HPV) diagnosed?

Diagnosis of HPV is very difficult as people generally show no symptoms. If a person sees a doctor for treatment of genital warts they are screened for HPV. Additionally, an abnormal pap smear can lead a physician to diagnose HPV. Sometimes, a piece of cervical tissue may be taken for microscopic examination as well. There is also a test that can detect the DNA of HPV and as such, can indicate an infection.

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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.