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Are there different types of HPV? If I have the kind that causes cervical cancer...will I also get genital warts?

Are all human papillomavirus (HPV) strains the same? I had an abnormal Pap smear and my doctor says I have HPV which can lead to cervical cancer if left untreated. Does that mean I could also get genital warts?

I have the kind of HPV that causes cervical cancer...will it hurt my husband?

Today I went to my gynecologist for a colposcopy and biopsy. She said I most likely have HPV...the kind that causes cancer. I feel devastated, dirty and ashamed. I’ve never been promiscuous. I’ve only had three sexual partners and two of them were husbands. With my other partner, we used condoms and that was over nine years ago in my early teens. Now I’m a married Mennonite woman with three children and I’m afraid to have sex with my husband because I’m afraid he’ll get HPV. Neither of us have any visible signs of warts. Should he get tested? How could this hurt him if he has it?

Will my friend still be able to have sex if she finds out she has HPV?

My friend might have HPV...she went to the doctor to get tested and she’s waiting for the results. Assuming she does have HPV, what are the chances that she can continue to have a normal sex life?

I have recurring genital warts...is my diabetes a factor?

I’ve had condlyoma for about four years. I’ve used Aldara cream and I’ve had LEEP on them, but two months later they came back. I need some help getting rid of them. I know the virus won’t go away, but I’d like it if the appearance could improve. I also have diabetes and I know that doesn’t help. Can you help? 

What can cause genital warts in young children?

I’m looking for information about genital warts in children. My friend’s 4-year-old daughter was diagnosed with genital warts on her thighs and buttocks. The pediatrician brought up the possibility of sexual abuse. The parents don’t have any evidence of this, but the wart coincided with their daughter starting preschool. One day, the girl came home with different underwear provided by the school because she wet her pants. Could the underpants have transmitted the warts? The doctor gave them a cream to put on the warts but they are not going away and one is growing like cauliflower. Should the warts be removed? Should the mother be worried about getting warts on her hands when she applies the cream to her daughter? They also have three other young children who share the same bathroom...can genital warts spread to the other children via the toilet seat or towels? Any information you can provide would be very helpful!

What is HPV and how is it treated?

My best friend just found out she has HPV...an STD that can lead to cancer, I think uterine. What is HPV and how is it treated?

What are the signs of HPV in men?

What are the signs of HPV in men and what is the treatment for it? Also, are there other ways to contract HPV besides sexual intercourse?

Is it possible to have genital warts inside the vagina? What’s the treatment?

 I’m a 25-year-old female and I have genital warts on the inside of my vagina–not on my vulva. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them? I’ve had them for over nine months and sometimes they go away and come back. Are there any holistic or natural medicines I could use instead?  

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