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HPV- Human Papilloma Virus Testing San Diego

HPV- Human Papilloma Virus Testing Fact Sheet

HPV- Human Papilloma Virus, also called warts, genital warts, venereal warts and condyloma acuminata, is a contagious skin virus that can be sexually transmitted. Certain sexually transmitted high risk strains of HPV are currently believed to cause the majority of cervical cancers in women, and throat cancers in men. High risk strains of HPV also increase the risk of cancers of the penis as well as anal/rectal cancers.

You can have HPV without symptoms!

Symptoms of HPV can include:

  • Cauliflower like fleshy protruding bumps on the skin
  • Small flat leathery callous-like spots or patches on the skin
  • HPV may feel a little irritated, itchy or numb but generally not painful
  • Skin usually is the same color as the surrounding skin or pinkish or brow
  • HPV can appear anywhere on the body including the penis, vulva, vagina, anus, tongue, throat, hands, arms, feet, face, corner of the eye, etc.

Some strains of HPV cause prominent bumps that have the texture of cauliflower, which is more consistent with the stereotypical appearance of warts. Some strains of HPV are more flat and callous like and are barely noticeable. When HPV infects the cervix (entrance to uterus in the back of vagina) women typically have no symptoms and the cervix may not look any different in appearance.

There are over 100 strains of HPV. HPV can infect any part of the body. Some strains are most commonly found on certain parts of the body such as the hands or the feet or the genitals. All strains of HPV are contagious and can be transmitted from one part of the body to another, included sexually. A person can have HPV but not have an outbreak of visible warts.

Who Should Test for HPV?

If you have any of these symptoms after sexual contact with a partner you should test for HPV
If you've had unsafe sex with partners who's sexual past is unknown you should test for HPV
If you have any doubts after sex, even if you have NO symptoms, you should test for HPV

Progressive Health Services has seen patients test positive for cervical HPV without having any symptoms, even many years after becoming infected!

HPV Testing Pap Smears are commonly used to detect cervical HPV. Smears, similar to Pap smears are also being used to identify HPV of the anus and throat. A special swab is used to collect cells from these areas. Cells collected from a Pap smear can be used for HPV DNA high and low risk typing to identify if an HPV infection is one of the high-risk strains associated with an increased risk for developing cancer. Having Pap smears done yearly can increase the chances of detecting an HPV infection.

HPV Testing Acetic Acid Testis an HPV screening test that causes HPV to blanch or whiten when acetic acid or vinegar is applied. Combined with a HPV exam, this test can be very helpful in identifying HPV. Not all HPV whitens but in a significant number of cases HPV will whiten if the vinegar is applied correctly.

HPV Treatment- HPV can be treated and controlled with a variety of treatment options

Progressive Health Services provides local same day HIV and STD testing 7 days a week!
Our San Diego office is located at 2141 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, (619)-260-0810

We also provide local same day HIV testing & STD testing at numerous other convenient locations!

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HPV Acetic Acid Test $80 | HPV High Risk Typing Pap Smear $180

HPV Fact Sheet