Symptoms of Human Papillomavirus


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General information about symptoms of Human Papillomavirus: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Human Papillomavirus. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Human Papillomavirus. Furthermore, symptoms of Human Papillomavirus may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Human Papillomavirus.

List of symptoms of Human Papillomavirus: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Human Papillomavirus includes:

Symptoms of Human Papillomavirus: Most people who have a genital HPV infection do not know they are infected. The virus lives in the skin or mucus membranes and usually causes no symptoms. Other people get visible genital warts. 1

Like many STDs, genital HPV infections often do not have visible signs and symptoms. One study sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) reported that almost half of the women infected with HPV had no obvious symptoms. People who are infected but who have no symptoms may not know they can transmit HPV to others or that they can develop complications from the virus. 2

Genital warts (condylomata acuminata or venereal warts) are the most easily recognized sign of genital HPV infection. Many people, however, have a genital HPV infection without genital warts. 2

Some types of HPV cause common skin warts, such as those found on the hands and soles of the feet. These types of HPV do not cause genital warts. 2

In women, the warts occur on the outside and inside of the vagina, on the opening (cervix) to the womb (uterus), or around the anus. In men, genital warts are less common. If present, they usually are seen on the tip of the penis. They also may be found on the shaft of the penis, on the scrotum, or around the anus. Rarely, genital warts also can develop in the mouth or throat of a person who has had oral sex with an infected person.

Genital warts often occur in clusters and can be very tiny or can spread into large masses in the genital or anal area. 2

More symptoms of Human Papillomavirus: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Human Papillomavirus, underlying causes of Human Papillomavirus, associated conditions for Human Papillomavirus, risk factors for Human Papillomavirus, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from HPV: DSTD
2. excerpt from Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

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