What is HPV?

The term of HPV (human papillomavirus) is a group of a hundred kinds of related viruses. These viruses are responsible for all the warts that are found in humans. All warts are of viral origin. Some types of HPV cause warts in the genital area, others in the hands and feet. There are visible genital warts (called condyloma) and other undetectable to the naked eye. Sometimes HPV infection does not lead to formation of warts.

From a medical point of view this disease can be cured.

Anogenital warts

Anogenital warts are small benign tumors that can appear on the external genitalia (pubis, penis, testicles) at the entrance of the vagina and the anus to the urethra and cervix. Sometimes the groin and thigh are also achieved. These warts either flat or raised, small or large, are in group or isolated. They are often located on the same site where they make up an exuberant cauliflower.

Who gets an HPV infection or anogenital warts?

HPV infection is spread by contact. Ano-genital warts are among STD, sexually transmitted diseases. Regardless of age, ethnicity and social status, anogenital warts can occur in any person who is sexually active.

The incubation period until the appearance of visible warts can sometimes be quite long, so that even people who no longer have an active sex life for a long time can be infected with HPV. Warts can grow three weeks to one year after sexual contact with an infected person, but infection does not necessarily lead to a wart. It is difficult to accurately determine the date and place of infection. This is the reason why the sexual partner cannot be infected.

It is very rare that an expectant mother can infect her child at birth.

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