Human Papilloma Virus

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common virus that spreads through sexual contact. Infection with HPV can cause genital warts and cancer.

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Are there any home remedies to treat the bumps on my fingers?

Query: Hi doctor, I got these bumps suddenly appearing on my hands. The first one was on the thumb and index finger two weeks ago, and now another is on my middle finger. Not sure if this could be related, but I have a wart on my right foot. Is there any chance these are also warts? I had got it after scra...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. As per the history and the image provided (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), the new lesions in your hands are common warts, also called verruca vulgaris medically. Warts are caused by human pa...  Read Full »

What are those non-itchy, multiplying bumps on penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have noticed these bumps and spots on the bar of my boyfriend's penis. It does not seem to cause any discomfort to him such as itching or sensitive to touch. We have been sexually active supposedly monogamous for a year. I noted the first one about three months ago and they seem to be m...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and descriptions. These lesions seem to be genital warts (condyloma acuminata). It is a contagious disease, caused by human papilloma virus. Generally, two thirds of individuals who have sexual...  Read Full »

Are white bumps under the tongue normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old female, and I have white bumps on the back of my tongue. I also have painful white sores on the sides of the tongue. I have been getting painful sores on the tip of my tongue quite frequently for the past two months. But this time, the pain was severe. I did get some re...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your complaint and also the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity) that you provided of the lesion. As far as your history of painful sores on tongue tip is concerned, there can be various reasons. Most common are vitamin B12 deficiency,...  Read Full »

I tested positive for HPV 16 and got treated. Can the virus still damage my body elsewhere like cause throat or breast cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, Four years ago, I was diagnosed with cervical dysplasia while pregnant. It was my fourth pregnancy in two years, with the previous three ending in miscarriage. After giving birth, I was tested for high-risk HPV, returned positive for HPV 16, and had a LEEP procedure to remove CIN3 cell ch...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query thoroughly and understand your concern. HPV (human papillomavirus) has many types, like 16 and 18 cause cancer of the cervix, six and eleven types cause genital warts, etc. You had a positive cervical smear for herpes, which was treated, and the ...  Read Full »

I had HPV and LEEP 12 years ago. Are my current symptoms due to cancer?

Query: Dear doctor, I am a 32 year old female. I had HPV and LEEP 12 years ago. Now, I have the following symptoms: Bleeding during sex. Heavy periods. Extra painful abdomen pain. Heavy feeling of fatigue and headaches. Could I have cancer?  Read Full »

Dr. Gowrimeena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to All the symptoms you have mentioned warrant a doctor visit with a full examination and Pap smear as a minimum, and colposcopy to be very sure. With your HPV and LEEP background, it is even more important that you get this done on priority. In all probability, it may be no...  Read Full »

The HPV test is negative and Pap smear shows some abnormalities. Kindly give your opinion.

Query: Hi doctor, My wife's Pap smear test and HPV test showed CIN1 and HPV 16 positive three years back. Two years back, the colposcopy was normal. One month back, Pap smear test and HPV test were repeated. The result was negative for HPV, but the Pap smear showed some changes and abnormalities. Could yo...  Read Full »

Dr. Nisha Marhatta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to HPV (human papillomavirus) is a virus that can cause cervical cancer. It can occasionally infect, and the body clears it up by normal immune defense mechanism; if that fails, subtle changes can happen at the cervix, which over the years can progress into cancer. However...  Read Full »

How is HPV diagnosed?

Query: Hi doctor, A month back, I did a Pap smear and it came back abnormal. I was told that I have HPV. My doctor did colposcopy two weeks back. It showed normal results. What does this mean? Do I have HPV? Can I have a low risk? I do not have any warts.  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are some differences between the tests that you have done. I will try to explain it. A Pap smear is a test used to screen whether a woman has a cancerous or precancerous cell over the mouth of the uterus. It is basically a screening test for cervical cancer. As it...  Read Full »

I have genital warts. What are the different modes of transmission of this infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a male and have been in a relationship with my girlfriend for three years. We have had sexual encounters with each other. Recently I had bumps appearing on my penis and went to a doctor, and they did a biopsy. They told me it was verruca vulgaris (the common wart). I am so confu...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Genital warts are frustrating. Warts are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus). It is very contagious and spreads from one person to another through contact. Contact can be from sexual acts or physical touch. It is possi...  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 »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

Is the small bump under my penis genital herpes?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 25 years old. My height is 6'1" and weight 163 lbs. I have a small bump under the shaft of my penis. It looks like that it could be from masturbation, but I am not sure. There is no itching or burning. It is not an open sore either. I recently had protected oral sex with a sex worker...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It appears to be a wart (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As you have a history of HPV (human papilloma virus) in the past, the wart should be the first concern. HPV depending on the strain cause both genital and non-genital warts. They are not painful....  Read Full »

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