The truth about HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)

by Dr. Maurice Leibman on February 14, 2013

There is so much anxiety about HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) these days that a quick blog post on the subject seems warranted.

First of all, infection of the cervix with HPV is very common. Approximately 80 percent of women will have HPV by the time they are 50 years old. HPV is very common in men as well, and 50 percent of men will get HPV at some point in their lives.

Here are some reassuring facts.
• Half of all HPV infections are cleaned by your immune system in six months and more than 90 percent in two to three years.
• 40 percent of women ages 20-25 will have HPV.
• HPV does not cause symptoms – although it can show up later as warts on the cervix/vagina/vulva.
• New infections acquired at older ages contribute little to cervical cancer.

HPV may progress to pre-cancer (CIN or Dysplasia) or may regress and be cleared by the immune system.

If you have had a pap with HPV and are concerned and want a more expanded explanation make an appointment and Dr. Leibman will answer your specific questions.

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