HPV: symptoms, transmission, cure and treatment

HPV: symptoms, transmission, cure and treatment

20 de janeiro de 2021 Off Por Corpo e Boa Forma

HPV is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the Humane Papillomavirus that results in the onset of warts in the genital region after intimate contact with infected person. This disease possesses chronic evolution and healing is difficult to achieve, it being important that the diagnosis be made soon in the initial symptoms and treatment done as medical guidance.

Due to the aspect of genital warts, HPV can also be known condiloma acuminate, bump crest, fig tree and horse crest, for example. The treatment can be done with the use of ointments or solutions that should be applied at the site of the warts with the aim of eliminating the lesions caused by the virus and strengthening the immune system. 

HPV: sintomas, transmissão, cura e tratamento

HPV has healing

In some people the HPV curates itself due to a spontaneous remission of the virus. This can happen between 4 weeks and 2 years after contamination with viruses in people who have a good immune system, i.e. the organism is able to effectively combat infection by the virus, and in most cases the onset of HPV symptoms is not occurring. However, even if there are no symptoms, HPV-infected people can transmit the virus to other people while there is no cure.

For people who have discovered they possess HPV but do not have any symptoms, the doctor can assess whether treatment should be carried out but despite this it may be useful to invest in the home-made treatments, strengthening the immune system with the consumption of vitamin C-rich foods such as pineapple, acerola and strawberry, for example. Know when it happens to spontaneous remission of HPV.

Normally people who present symptoms do not get cured alone from HPV, treatment being required. It is common to be relapse, but whenever the treatment is carried out correctly the person gets completely healed. Thus, when the symptoms disappear and with the end of treatment, one can say that the patient has achieved HPV cure, which can be confirmed through examinations.

Despite treatment not always being sufficient to definitively cure HPV it is important to carry out treatment because infection with HPV increases the risk of cancer. To achieve this ‘cure’ of HPV, it is recommended to use the medicines indicated by the doctor and to use condom in all relationships.

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HPV symptoms

HPV symptoms may take between and months and years to manifest, this being influenced by the person’s immune system and viral load, i.e., amount of circulating viruses in the organism. The most characteristic symptom of HPV is the emergence of several small warts in the male or female intimate region.

In the cases of women, warts may also be present in the cervix, not being easily visible, and not being present in the female external region. Thus, the diagnosis of HPV should be by the clinical-visual examination and confirmed by the papanicolau examination or biopsy of the warts. See all the details of the symptoms and photos of the HPV.

HPV in man

The HPV in the man is similar to HPV in the woman, however it is very common for the man to not present any symptoms, despite the virus being present in the skin of the genital organ and being able to be transmitted to other people through intimate contact. See How to identify HPV in man.

Sometimes the virus is naturally eliminated by the body and what can happen is the man contaminating the partner and this one develops symptoms and when he takes exams he / she finds out that it no longer has the virus. So it is not always possible to know who has passed the virus to the other.

The examination indicated to identify HPV in man is the peniscopy and treatment can be done with cryotherapy, laser, solutions and ointments, in addition to remedies to strengthen the immune system. The treatment does not interfere with the erection and male fertility. Understand how Peniscopy is done to identify HPV in man.

Treatment for HPV

The treatment for HPV lasts on average 2 years and it is important that it is done as per the guidance of the doctor even if there are no symptoms, in this way it is possible to achieve healing more easily. The medicine indicated by the doctor aims to strengthen the immune system and eliminate HPV-formed lesions, and may be indicated:

  • Use of ointments and of solutions applied by the doctor in office;
  • Cauterization Surgery (laser) performed from time to time by the physician.

The trichloroacetic acid (ATA) at 70 and to 90% and Podofilin to 15%, in alcoholic solution, should be applied by the physician 1 time per week and the ointment, such as Podofilotoxin at 0.15%, should be applied by the person itself 2 times daily. Treatment against HPV is time-consuming and can be costly, but it is the only way to beat the disease and lower the risk of cancer in men and women. Learn how the treatment is done for HPV.

HPV transmission

The HPV transmission happens from intimate contact without a condom with a virus carrier person, even if that person does not present any visible symptoms, whether by vaginal, oral or vaginal sex. HPV is highly infecting, so it only suffices 1 unprotected intimate contact for the virus to be transmitted.

The virus incubation time varies from 1 month to 2 years and during this period, although there are no symptoms, it is already possible to transmit the virus to other people. In addition, women can also transmit the HPV to the baby during normal childbirth.

See in a simple way how to identify the first symptoms and what to do to treat HPV by watching the following video:

HPV vaccine

The HPV vaccine is indicated for women and men between 9 and 26 years and serves to lower the risk of cervical, penis and anus cancer. The vaccine is free for all girls between 9 and 13 years of age because it has a 100% efficacy when it is administered before the first intimate contact. From the age of 14, whoever wishes to take the HPV vaccine should purchase it in the pharmacy.

Who has already had intimate contact or already possesses HPV can also take the vaccine because it protects against other types of HPV. After taking the vaccine it is still necessary to use a condom in all sexual relations to prevent contamination with other HPV viruses.

Although it is very effective this vaccine can have side effects. See what they are: Vaccine against HPV.

Types of HPV viruses

There are more than 100 types of the HPV virus, with only 4 of them being cancer-related. Types 16 and 18 cause about 70% percent of cervical cancer cases, while types 6 and 11 cause about 90% percent of genital warts.