HPV (human papillomavirus) is a virus whose main route of transmission is through sexual contact. The virus acts invading the surface cells of the skin and mucosa (genital and anal), potentially leading to warty lesions in women and men and cervical cancer in women.
How I can know if I have HPV?
In some cases, the virus causes no symptoms, so it is essential annual gynecological visit for the presence of the virus, which is carried through the PAP and Colposcopy. Make checks annually is very important, since the possibility of developing cervical cancer can take up to 10 years after the virus was detected in the body. If HPV is detected early, can be treated entirely.
Sometimes HPV manifests clinically as do warts that can appear in the genital area (vulva, vagina, cervix, anus, penis, groin, thigh) in the anal area (anus, rectum) or Near the mouth (mouth, tongue, pharynx).
These bumps, which are like lumps of various sizes and cauliflower-shaped, often cause itching, burning, or bleeding.
HPV and Pregnancy
If you are pregnant and you regularly perform studies related to detect HPV, you should continue with your normal controls.
A common concern in women in whom HPV is detected in pregnancy, if the baby can get. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) U.S., the baby can catch the virus during the course of labor, but the odds of that happening are slim.
According to statistics from the U.S. CDC, the spread of HPV during birth is 1.1 cases per 100,000 newborns. If this occurs, the area attacked by the virus is that of a baby’s airways. Because warts can appear on the larynx.
In cases in which HPV lesions are very abundant and clinically manifest in the birth canal your doctor will perform cesarean delivery to reduce the risk of infection of your baby.