Human Papillomavirus

The human papilloma virus, or human papillomavirus, is more commonly referred to as HPV. The human papilloma virus is a name that represents a group of viruses that includes more than 100 different strains of the virus (see human papilloma virus pictures below). There are more than 100 different types of the human papillomavirus currently known.

As commonly believed the human papilloma virus is not a new discovery. The papilloma virus dates back many centuries. Infections with this virus are known throughout the world. This virus is considered to be the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Approximately 20 million people in the United States have the human papilloma virus infection.

Human Papilloma Virus Pictures: Genital warts caused by Hpv around the penis.

HPV caused genital warts on penis

HPV virus strains are responsible for causing growths like genital warts and abnormal cell changes in the infected person’s body. But a major portion of those infected do not even know that they have the human papilloma virus until the symptoms start to appear - abnormal tissue changes or warts, such as genital (scientifically called condyloma acuminatum) venereal, flat, perianal, vaginal, common or planter.

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Of these 100 different strains of the human papilloma virus known currently, more than 30 strains are believed to be sexually transmitted. Mostly, the genital areas (sex organs) of the male and female body become infected, resulting in the virus’ other name, “Genital Warts Human Papilloma Virus.”

Genital warts human papilloma virus is different from other sexually transmitted diseases because of how it is spread. While other sexual diseases are spread through bodily fluids, genital wart transmission occurs when the skin or mucous membranes come in contact during sexual intercourse.

Some strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) cause changes in normal cells. This can lead to cervical cancer in women as well as other genital and anal cancers in both genders. These strains are referred to as “high-risk types” of the human papilloma virus (HPV).

Human Papilloma Virus Picture.

Microscopic pictures of human papilloma virus-hpv

Some human papilloma virus (HPV) strains cause genital warts (also known as Condyloma Acuminata or venereal warts) and perianal warts while other strains lead to warts on the face, hands, knees and feet of both men and women. These strains are referred to as “low-risk types” of the human papilloma virus. However, an individual can have more than one papilloma virus (HPV) strain at the same time.

Human Papilloma Virus Pictures as viewed under a microscope

Known high-risk types of the human papilloma virus are:

• hpv 16• hpv 31
• hpv 18• hpv 45

High-risk strains of the virus have been linked with cervical changes in women that could lead to cervical cancer. HPV 16 accounts for about 50 percent of cervical cancers while HPV 16, HPV 18, HPV 31, and HPV 45 together account for 80 percent of cancers.

Known low-risk types of the human papilloma virus are:

• hpv 40• hpv 43• hpv 54• hpv 72
• hpv 42• hpv 44• hpv 70• hpv 81

Picture of vaginal warts caused by human papilloma virus-hpv
These strains of hpv often produce symptoms like genital warts that are not very likely to develop into cancer. Genital warts usually affect the male and female genitals, including the vagina, vulva, penis, scrotum and perianal skin.

Individual severity of different papilloma virus strains is diverse and depends upon the genetic type of each human papillomavirus strain. When infected with a papilloma virus strain, there is an increased risk of getting infected with other virus strains, increasing susceptibility to diseases like cancer.

New cutting-edge techniques for human papilloma virus detection as well as more effective treatments are now available, such as Pap Smears Test for women.

However, treatment for these viruses and vaccines are not yet available. The symptoms of the human papilloma virus, such as genital warts, can effectively be controlled with a new genital wart removal treatment.

Using condoms provides protection on the covered areas, but infection can still spread to uncovered places like the scrotum. Sexual abstinence is the only absolute prevention method. Due to greater awareness about this virus as well as the use of advanced techniques for its detection, more people are being diagnosed with the hpv infection, leading to more effective treatment within good time.

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