What does high risk HPV feel like?

High-risk HPV doesn't have symptoms
Unfortunately, most people who have a high-risk type of HPV will never show any signs of the infection until it's already caused serious health problems. That's why regular checkups are so important — testing is the only way to know for sure if you're at risk for cancer from HPV.

Can high-risk HPV have symptoms?

Infection with high-risk HPV does not usually cause symptoms. The precancerous cell changes caused by a persistent HPV infection at the cervix rarely cause symptoms, which is why regular cervical cancer screening is important. Precancerous lesions at other sites in the body may cause symptoms like itching or bleeding.

What are the warning signs of HPV?

Most people with HPV do not know they have the infection. They never develop symptoms or health problems from it. Some people find out they have HPV when they get genital warts. Women may find out they have HPV when they get an abnormal Pap test result (during cervical cancer screening).

What is the most obvious symptom of HPV infection?

Most cases of HPV are asymptomatic, meaning you will not have any noticeable signs or symptoms. For those who do experience symptoms, they may include: Genital warts (a bump or group of bumps in the genital area) Cervical dysplasia (the presence of abnormal precancerous cells on the cervix)

How long does high-risk HPV last?

Usually, the body's immune system gets rid of the HPV infection naturally within two years. This is true of both oncogenic and non-oncogenic HPV types.

High-Risk Types of HPV Infection : Symptoms and Detection

Is high-risk HPV a big deal?

Persistent infection with one of a dozen high-risk HPV types can lead to cervical, anal, oropharyngeal, and other cancers. HPV16, however, is the cause of half of all cervical cancers and an even larger fraction of other HPV-related cancers.

What should I do if I have high-risk HPV?

What's the treatment for high-risk HPV
  1. Colposcopy — a procedure to look more closely at the cervix to see if there are precancerous cells.
  2. Cryotherapy — a treatment to freeze and remove precancerous cells from the cervix.

Does HPV make you tired?

Patients with HPV-unrelated tumors experienced significantly higher levels of fatigue over the course of the study (p=0.0097, Table 2), especially at pre-IMRT (p=0.001) and three-month post-IMRT (p=0.002), compared to those with HPV-related tumors (Figure 1a).

What color is discharge when you have HPV?

Almost all cervical cancers are thought to be caused by HPV infections. While there are often no signs of early cervical cancer, some signs may include: Increased vaginal discharge, which may be pale, watery, pink, brown, bloody, or foul-smelling.

What does an HPV flare up look like?

They may appear as raised or flat bumps with a smooth or rough surface. The bumps may have stem-like projections or have a cauliflower-like appearance. Sometimes, pubic hair or the foreskin of uncircumcised males can hide warts, making them difficult to see. The size and number of warts also may vary.

Do I need to worry if I have HPV?

Most HPV infections go away on their own and don't cause any health problems. However, if HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems like genital warts. It also can cause certain kinds of cancer. We do not know why HPV causes health problems in some people and not others.

What will happen if HPV is left untreated?

Certain strains of HPV (most often types 16 and 18) can cause changes in the cells of your cervix, a condition called cervical dysplasia. Your cervix is the opening between your vagina and your uterus. Left untreated, cervical dysplasia sometimes advances to cervical cancer.

How quickly do HPV symptoms appear?

Often, HPV warts will appear three to six months after sexual relations with an infected person; or they may take months to appear; or they may never appear. Likewise, the interval between an infection with HPV and a cervical smear abnormality can vary from months to decades.

Can HPV mess with your period?

Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge

Changes in your menstrual cycle or unusual vaginal discharge could also indicate cancer caused by HPV. Schedule a gynecology appointment if you notice: Bleeding between periods. Bleeding after menopause.

Can HPV make you itchy?

Discharge, itching, burning, fissures and dyspareunia were typical symptoms. Discharge was more frequent in women with vaginal localization of the HPV infection, whereas itching and burning were the predominant complaint when the HPV lesions were present on the vulva.

Does high risk HPV cause warts?

Although most genital warts arise from HPV type 6 or 11 infections, high-risk genotypes were particularly more frequently found in patients with genital warts due to HPV 16, 18, 31, and 33 [7, 9].

What does it mean if I have high risk HPV?

A type of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause cervical cancer and other types of cancer, such as cancers of the anus, vagina, vulva, penis, and oropharynx. Chronic infection with high-risk HPV can lead to cell changes that, if not treated, may become cancer.

Should I be worried if I test positive for high-risk HPV?

A positive test result means that you have a type of high-risk HPV that's linked to cervical cancer. It doesn't mean that you have cervical cancer now, but it's a warning sign that cervical cancer could develop in the future.

Does high-risk HPV take longer to clear?

“Studies have shown that more than 90 percent of new HPV infections, including those with high-risk types, clear or become undetectable within two years, and clearance usually occurs in the first six months after infection,” says the CDC.

What is early stage of HPV?

Signs of HPV

The most common are small, hard sores called warts, but not everyone who has HPV gets them. They may be raised, flat, or shaped like a cauliflower, and they can be different sizes. They can show up on your genital area or other places, depending on the type of the virus you have.

How long can you have HPV before warts show up?

After a person has been infected by HPV, it may take one to three months (or longer in some cases) for warts to appear. Some people who have been infected never get warts.

What are the best vitamins to fight HPV?

Folate (vitamin B9)

According to a 2021 study , folate and vitamin B12 were found to play a critical role in lowering the risk of contracting a strain of HPV (HPV 16) and an associated form of cervical precancer (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, otherwise known as CIN).

Why don t condoms protect against HPV?

It is important to use a condom from start to finish of every sex act, including oral and anal sex. HPV is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact. Because HPV can infect areas that are not covered by the condom, condoms will not fully protect you against HPV, but condoms do help in HPV prevention.

How common is serious HPV?

HPV infections are very common. Nearly everyone will get HPV at some point in their lives. More than 42 million Americans are currently infected with HPV types that cause disease. About 13 million Americans, including teens, become infected each year.

What to do if Pap smear showed HPV?

If you got a positive HPV test and your Pap test was abnormal, your doctor will probably follow up with a colposcopy. Try to see a physician who specializes in this procedure. During a colposcopy, your doctor will look more closely at the cervix, vagina or vulva with a special microscope called a colposcope.