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HPV

This information is about Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a widespread infection affecting many individuals, particularly those who are sexually active. Our objective is to provide clear and concise guidance to aid in understanding the complexities of HPV, identifying contributing factors to its transmission, and exploring effective strategies for prevention, vaccination, testing, and treatment to ensure overall sexual health and well-being.

What is HPV (Human Papillomavirus)?

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a common virus that can be transmitted sexually or by close contact. There are many different types of HPV, some of which can cause genital warts and others that can lead to various cancers, including cervical, anal, and throat cancers. 

Symptoms: 

HPV infections often do not cause any symptoms, especially in the early stages. However, some individuals may develop genital warts, which are small growths or bumps in the genital or anal area. Certain types of HPV can also lead to abnormal cell changes that may eventually develop into cancer. 

Causes:

HPV is primarily transmitted through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. It can also be spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area, even if there are no visible symptoms. HPV infections are common, and most sexually active individuals will contract HPV at some point in their lives. 

Diagnosis: 

Diagnosing HPV infection may involve: 

  • Visual examination: Healthcare providers may visually inspect the genital or anal area for signs of genital warts. 

  • Pap smear: Pap smears, also known as cervical screening tests, can detect abnormal cell changes in the cervix caused by HPV infection. 

  • HPV test: A specific test may be performed to detect the presence of HPV DNA in cervical cells. 

Treatment & Medications: 

There is no cure for HPV, but treatment options are available for managing symptoms and complications: 

  • Genital warts: Warts can be treated with topical medications, cryotherapy (freezing), or surgical removal. 

  • Abnormal cell changes: Abnormal cell changes detected through cervical screening may require further evaluation and treatment to prevent progression to cervical cancer. 

Prognosis: 

Most HPV infections clear on their own without causing any health problems. However, some infections persist and can lead to genital warts or cancer if left untreated. Regular cervical screening and HPV vaccination can help prevent HPV-related health issues. 

How Bondi Road Doctors Can Help: 

At Bondi Road Doctors, we offer HPV vaccination to protect against HPV infections and reduce the risk of associated health problems. Our experienced healthcare providers can assess your vaccination needs, discuss the benefits and risks of HPV vaccination, and administer the vaccine in a safe and comfortable environment. 

Whether you're seeking HPV vaccination for yourself or your child, we're here to provide guidance and support to help you make informed decisions about your health.  

 

To learn more about HPV vaccination and how we can help you stay healthy, schedule an appointment with us to receive the best care for HPV vaccination, our experienced doctors are available for appointments. The following doctors have a particular interest in the condition. The following doctors have a particular interest in the condition: 

Dr. David Baker - Book Now 

Dr Belinda Watson - Book Now

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