Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that enters the body through a cut or abrasion and causes warts. Some types of HPV infection have been linked to cervical cancer, and cancers in the anus, penis, and vulva. HPV vaccines are available to prevent cervical cancer and warts.

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My partner was diagnosed with HPV. Is there a way to know what type of HPV we have, and would vaccination help?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 38-year-old male. My partner (female) is diagnosed with HPV (Human papillomavirus). We do have unprotected sex. I have a growth on top of my penis. I want to know if these are warts or lichen planus (as I have had this condition for a long time now). My partner had no septum. Sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The growth on your penis looks like a genital wart, a small, sessile, flat-topped, papular variant (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Investigations like Acetowhite test, Pap smear, skin biopsy, detection of HPV DNA, and serology test can be done...  Read Full »

Can I still have HIV even after my p24 antigen test CMIA being non-reactive after 118 days?

Query: Hi doctor,I had unprotected intercourse with a CSW a few months back. And I went for an HIV 1 and 2 antibody and p24 antigen test CMIA, which was non-reactive after 118 days, so am I free from HIV? This is so stressful. I am not getting any symptoms, but there is a black line under my thumb that app...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. The HIV antibodies test is negative after 118 days of exposure. It is conclusive. You are free from HIV provided there is no further risk exposure. The lines in the photo (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) sent is unlikely ...  Read Full »

Is HPV type 73 virus transmitted only by sexual intercourse?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to know how the virus HPV type 73 is transmitted? I have heard that it can only be transmitted from sexual intercourse but I want to be sure. My fiancee also has the virus. Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. It is true that HPV (human papilloma virus) 73 is transmitted through sexual intercourse. On the current date no other mechanism is known for transmission of HPV 73. Considering the fact that your fiancee has HPV, there is...  Read Full »

Could it be possible that I contracted HSV or HPV during the vaginal ultrasound, as I suffer from psoriasis and skin-burning sensations afterward?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the fertility doctor to start an egg retrieval. He did a vaginal ultrasound, which had a condom on it. A few days later, I had one spot on my skin bleeding and burning. One to two months later, I had a massive burning, painful outbreak of psoriasis and weird skin-burning s...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Vaginal ultrasound is carried out with the probe being covered by a condom and disinfected gloves being worn by the radiologist or gynecologist (whoever is doing it). That is the standard protocol. If such a protocol had not been followed, infection transmission...  Read Full »

I tested positive for HPV with no cell changes and was planning for a baby. Is it risky to go ahead?

Query: Hello doctor, I have got a query regarding HPV. I recently tested positive with no cell changes. We were planning for a baby. Is it risky to go ahead, could it cause a miscarriage or any future complications? How long does it take for the virus to clear itself?   Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Having HPV (human papillomavirus infection) does not necessarily mean that you will have complications during pregnancy or that it will affect your ability to conceive. However, some strains of HPV can cause cervical changes that may lead to preterm labor or low birt...  Read Full »

I have been undergoing treatment for a singular wart. Can it spread to my mouth if I accidentally touched one of the protective covers with my toothbrush?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been undergoing treatment for a singular wart with wart patches and it is going down. I took the protective cover (not the medicated patch) off the wart and placed it on a piece of plastic on my counter so it did not touch it. I threw the plastic out and a few hours later I put ...  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Common warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be easily spread from person to person. The virus is most commonly spread through direct contact with an infected area or an object that has come into contact with an infected area. In your case, it...  Read Full »

I had an HPV infection with two genital warts that were removed four years ago. Are warts likely to come back?

Query: Hello doctor, I have general questions about an HPV infection that was diagnosed a few years ago. I have no active symptoms. I had two genital warts four years ago and got them removed in that same year. I had no recurrences in the last 45 months. Am I cured of the virus? Am I contagious to other...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A blood test can detect HPV and usually, HPV remains in the blood for four years. Regarding the reoccurrence of warts, it is unpredictable. It might also not come back. But usually, the virus remains for up to four years in the body. Using a condom during this pe...  Read Full »

I have a painful wart on my vulva. Is it due to HPV?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a painful vulva that could be due to scratching too hard. I also have a wart, and not sure if it is HPV. It does not look like it. I am using Warticon cream. Please help. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Arjun Ajamalbhai Chaudhari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your attached images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity).It seems like a chronic infection of the vulva. It is mostly due to fungal infection. Continuous scratching has made skin blackish due to over-irritating the same place. Another...  Read Full »

Can allergy affect the penis head?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 31 years old. I have two small affected areas on my penis head and it is not going away. They get dry as they regrow and sometimes, I peel off the dry part using a nail cutter. I am really concerned about this. It is not smooth as it used to be. I am going to attach photos for you...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your question and I have also reviewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These are most likely warts or condyloma acuminata which is an infection caused by human papilloma virus (HPV). The infection is usually acquired by sexual co...  Read Full »

I have an itching and burning sensation around my anus and have a small genital wart. Kindly suggest a treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, I have an itching and burning sensation around my anus. I also have a small wart-like structure, which I think is a genital wart. I am attaching the pictures of it. Kindly review.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the history and image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), they appear as condyloma acuminatum, a medical term for genital warts. Genital warts are caused due to viral infection, particularly by HPV (human papillomavirus). They develop due t...  Read Full »

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