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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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 course but I want to be sure. My fiancee also has the virus. Please suggest.   Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

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 »

Can HPV in sexually active individual cause throat cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I do not show any signs or symptoms. Instead, I just want accurate information on the subject of HPV in a sexually active individual. I would like to know its role in throat cancer. Yes, I know it can cause it, but I would like to know more regarding numbers. Is it rare? What percenta...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cancer in the oral cavity and larynx has many clear risk factors, including smoking and alcohol consumption. Although human papillomavirus (type 16) is found in most oral and laryngeal cancers. There is no evidence that it is the cause of cancer. There are many studies o...  Read Full »

Diagnosed with CIN1 plus HPV. Is this related to cervical cancer?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 26 years old. Recently, I have been diagnosed with CIN1 plus HPV. Is this the same as cervical cancer? Please tell me more information regarding the same and also tell me how can I get it treated. I aborted my first child due to personal reasons. Currently, I am taking medicine for HI...  Read Full »

Dr. Megha Tuli

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. CIN1 (cervical intraepithelial neoplasm) is neoplastic changes in the cervix. It is not cancer itself, but the change towards cancer is seen. CIN1 is treatable. The most common cause of it is HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) infection. Since you currently do not have childr...  Read Full »

I have a recurring lesion on my tongue, and I am worried if it is HPV. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, About four years ago, I developed a lesion on the top of my tongue. It was almost a wart-like cluster resemblance. It went away after two weeks. A year passed, and I developed another growth in the same spot that, again, went away after two weeks. I was clear for about two years, and then...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have seen the attached images (attachment removed to protect patient's identity). These appear to be tongue warts or likely a squamous papilloma. Yes, around 50 percent of such cases are documented to be associated with HPV (human papil...  Read Full »

We did not have sex for five years. How did my partner develop HPV throat cancer?

Query: Hi doctor,My partner is just diagnosed with HPV throat cancer. We did not have sex for five years. How could he have got this?I do not know if I have dormant HPV or could it have been dormant in him for five years?  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for briefing me regarding the problem in concern. There is no such thumb rule that it is necessary to have any form of sex to develop this form of cancer. Although, it is more commonly seen in people having oral sex with HPV (human papillomavirus) positive partners...  Read Full »

My mother has cervical cancer. I had oral sex with her partner. Am I at risk of HPV?

Query: Hello doctor, My 55-year-old mother has just been diagnosed with cervical cancer, stage 1a by FIGO and G1. She needs to undergo surgery involving removing the uterus, ovaries, and lymph nodes. Before a few months, I kissed and had received oral sex from my mother's previous partner (no intercourse)....  Read Full »

Dr. Manwani Saloni Dilip

Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclinic.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Cervical cancer has a long latent period. Even though human papillomavirus (HPV) infection (precursor to cancer) can spread through sexual intercourse, it is treatable. HPV does not spread by fomites like sharing ...  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 »

I have 12 warts on my scrotum that have darkened over time. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have about 12 warts on my scrotum that have not gone away for three years. Because of the length of time they have been there, it seems that they could only be molluscum or HPV. They vary in size from small dots to clusters of slightly larger dots. They have darkened over time, do no...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have noted your concern. I request you to upload a few clear images of the affected area so that I can have a look and guide you further.   Read Full »

I was exposed to HPV. What should I do if I am tested positive?

Query: Hi doctor, I was exposed to HPV. I had to lie to the doctor about the last time I had a pap smear so that I can get the HPV test done next month. If I come out positive then what steps should I take? I use a menstrual disk and blood-absorbing underwear. Do I need to replace my underwear if I am dise...  Read Full »

Dr. Manwani Saloni Dilip

Answer: Hello,Welcome back to icliniq.com.Firstly, being exposed to HPV does not mean that you are infected.If you have taken the vaccine then definitely you will not get the infection.If you are not vaccinated, there are chances that your body's defense mechanism will clear off the infection.In case, you t...  Read Full »

How effective is the Gardasil vaccine against HPV?

Query: Hi doctor, How effective is the Gardasil vaccine against HPV? my primary partner, we are fluid bonded, has been dating, a fully vaccinated against HPV woman, and her fluid bonded partner also fully vaccinated against HPV just found out she has cancerous HPV that she likely got before the vaccine. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. To be very truthful, with a vaccine, you may be safe from genital warts; however other STIs like candidiasis, syphilis, gonorrhea always pose a threat. Even vaccines do not offer 100% protection. Even with complete vaccination, I suggest you use...  Read Full »

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