Infection with HPV (human papillomavirus) is associated with cervical cancers. This virus is spread through sexual contact. Vaccines against this virus are used to prevent cervical and vaginal cancer in women, and genital warts and anal cancer in men.
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My Pap smear result showed some weirdly-shaped cells in the cervix, but I do not have HPV or cervical cancer. How can I prevent HPV?
Query: Hi doctor,Irregular pap smear result shows LSIL was highlighted on my document from the gynecologist, but I was told I did not have HPV or cervical cancer, but weird-shaped cells on the cervix. I was told not to worry. Could this develop into HPV?What can I do to prevent that from happening?Thank yo... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The cervix has one area known as the transformational zone that shows natural changes in different phases of life. Cervical cancer is commonly diagnosed in the reproductive phase and during pregnancy. Please send me your cervical smear report and your detailed gynecol... Read Full »
Though I had HPV vaccine, I am getting warts. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a viral wart on my forehead. Is it caused by HPV? In my teenage, I had warts on my thumb. Even, my doctor gave me vaccine for HPV. Is that worth or useless? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your clinical image (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is confirmative for a verruca plana, which is a plane viral wart. All warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV); however the strains causing it are different. On the face, it is usually due to H... Read Full »
I noticed small, raised, and painless bumps on my pubic area, which started bleeding after I accidentally scratched one of them. Can they be warts?
Query: Hello doctor, I noticed some small raised bumps on the pubic area. They are completely painless and do not itch or cause any discomfort. I noticed them after shaving one day. I scratched one open by accident, and it bled. I had all three of the HPV shots. Can it still be warts? I have had the same p... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems to be molluscum contagiosum, caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus. In these lesions, central umbilication (a depression similar to that of the navel at the center of any lesion) is present in each lesion, and a white body is inside the bump. It is conta... Read Full »
Do I need a PAP smear if I have a long-term homosexual relationship?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old female in a long-term relationship with a girl. We have both never been in a relationship with anyone else nor had any sexual activity with other people of either gender before. Do I need to get my Pap smear test done? I have recently been to my gynecologist and was... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? I do not see any reason for you to get the test done. Let me explain why. Pap smear or Papanicolaou smear is taken from the outer and inner surface of the cervix called ectocervical and endocervical area respectively. When your cervix, especiall... Read Full »
I am not vaccinated for HPV. Is there a chance of cancer in the long run?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old bisexual male having five sexual partners. I am not vaccinated for HPV. I have a question regarding HPV. Can most high-risk strains of HPV go away after two years? Is there a chance of cancer in the long run? Kindly advise. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Yes, many papillomaviruses may cause cervical, genital, penile, anal, and oral cancers. There is no exact time for the disappearance of warts, but many people recover from them without a known reason. Common strains that cause warts are ... 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 »
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 »
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 »
I have white vaginal discharge, which is more than usual. Kindly help.
Query: Hi doctor, I had genital warts last year, which has been treated. I got Pap smear, HIV, VDRL, and HSV tests, and all tests were non-reactive. I have white vaginal discharge, which is more than normal. The discharge is not smelly, and I do not have any itching. I have done an antibiotic course also, ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would suggest you get an ultrasound done to find out if there is any infection in the pelvis. Also, your partner needs to be treated; otherwise, he will keep passing the infection back to you. Please have him visit a urologist and seek treatment. For further querie... Read Full »
Can the HPV vaccine be used to cure genital warts?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 50-year-old male. I had genital warts five years ago, had them removed via cauterization and received three injections of HPV vaccine Gardasil. The doctor said the vaccine would cure the virus, but after a year, warts reappeared and until now they are still in my scrotum, and th... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. HPV vaccine is not a cure. It is for the prevention of HPV. It prevents the virus from entering in your body. But, it cannot act on cells which are already infected with the virus. About sex, there is a chance that with contact, virus can spread to your partner if n... Read Full »
Why is blood coming out of my penis after touching the butt cheeks of a club dancer?
Query: Hi doctor, I recently went to the strip club had a couple of lap dances. My penis did not touch her vagina; only grinding was done. She was grinding hard, and the next day I had blood coming out of my penis. I knew it was sore. If my penis touches a few of her butt cheeks, am I at risk for any STD,... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. Since you experienced bleeding the next day of strip club attendance, I feel intimate touch rather than no touch. At the same time, it is mentioned that it was sore, so the possibility of STDs (sexually transmitted infecti... Read Full »