HPV or Human papillomavirus is a viral infection. It is believed to pass from one human to another via skin contact. It is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). It affects the mouth, genitalia, and throat. It is considered one of the most easily spread STD and people having a very little number of sexual partners can also get this disease. HPV is not severe in many cases, but it does become severe then there is a great chance of cancer of the anus, or cervix. In the majority of serious cases, genital warts are common among HPV infected individuals.
Let’s have a look at what are the symptoms of HPV and how to get rid of HPV.
Many times, the symptoms of HPV go unnoticed and the people hardly feel any change in their body. Since it is a viral disease, a person who may have HPV can become a carrier if that person is not affected by the virus themselves. Warts that are formed as a result of this viral infection are quite different than warts formed in cancer. This is one of the distinguishing factors of this disease. The symptoms are often hidden, and the infected person may not know about cancer until there is little time. The cancer is mostly diagnosed in the later stages, where the treatment becomes difficult.
How to Treat HPV?
In most cases, as discussed earlier, HPV goes unnoticed and this is the reason that this kind of infected person goes untreated. In many cases, however, people are not treated because there is no definitive way to handle a person infected from HPV. Many times, the doctors suggest that the patient visits several times just to be sure that they are carrying the virus or not.
The genital warts are treated with medical expertise using current and liquid nitrogen. But these warts are not treated with the hope of getting rid of the virus. The virus is still present and such a patient is advised to stay away from the sexual partner.
Similarly, cancer patients are treated in the same way as any other cancer patient. Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, and surgery are the three main ways to treat cancer and none of them removes the virus from the body. This indicates that the Virus cannot be treated.
Having a few sexual partners can help as there will be little contact. But it is advised to use condoms and have safe sex. The students must be taught in schools about the adverse effects of this virus and should be advised to have safe sex. Thankfully, there is a vaccine that is effective against 9 types of HPV and it can protect the individual from getting warts or cancer. It is recommended that people aging 11-12 can get the vaccine. But in a recent development, people older than 27 can also get vaccinated.