HPV infection

HPV infection

The human papillomavirus infection commonly causes skin infections and growth of warts. There are well over a 100 different types of HPV infections, and in some rare cases, the HPV infection can lead to cancer as well. The genital HPV infections are the ones to cause cancer such as cancers of the anus, penis, vagina, vulva and oropharyngeal (back of the throat) cancer.

Mostly the HPV infection is transmitted either sexually or via skin-to-skin contact. Currently, vaccination is the best preventive measure against HPV vaccination which can otherwise lead to genital warts or cervical cancer.

Symptoms of HPV Infection:

  • Genital warts
  • Plantar warts
  • Common warts

Complications of HPV Infection

  • Oral lesions
  • Respiratory lesions
  • Cancers

Vaccination is the best preventive measure against HPV infection. Additionally, one can also prevent the same by practicing safe sex, limiting the number of sexual partners, wearing shoes & sandals in public washrooms & locker rooms.

Risk Factors of HPV Infection

  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Unsafe sex
  • Common warts in children & genital warts in youngsters
  • Weak immunity
  • Skin damage