Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

What is Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?

HPV is thought to be the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world. There are over 100 strains of the human papillomavirus. Thirty of these strains can be passed sexually and are generally divided into two categories: low-risk and high-risk. Low-risk strains cause genital warts, while high-risk strains are those associated with abnormal pap smears and cancer.


Even if you have no outward signs, you can carry and transmit HPV. Transmission is usually through sex:

  • Anal Sex
  • Oral Sex
  • Vaginal Sex

The strains of HPV that cause genital warts can also be transmitted by skin-on-skin contact when the infected person is in the midst of an outbreak.

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Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

Yes. Viruses don't have cures, but symptoms can be controlled with proper treatment.

Type of Infection

Viral. The human papillomavirus is the cause of the infection.

How is it treated?

The virus itself has no treatment. However, various treatments exist for the genital warts it sometimes causes.

Recovery Time

As there is no treatment for the virus, it will most likely be carried for life, and thus there is no time line for recovery.

Can I have sex?

Yes. However, partners should be informed of your condition and condoms should always be used.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. There are many strains of HPV and even if you carry one strain, you can still be infected with another.