But how do you get the HPV strand that causes abnormal cells? Is it sexual transmitted?

by Rachel on April 5, 2011

Oh okay, well I don’t have any questions about hvp warts. I was recently diagnosed with abnormal cells and my doctor said its a strand of hpv but I don’t warts or anything like that. I was just wondering if there is any way to get that, thats not sexually.

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MeAgain April 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Yes it is a sexually transmitted disease.

AN April 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm

HPV refers to all strains of the virus that causes warts. There are literally hundreds of strains, most specialized to live in only certain types of tissues. Because of this, the strains that cause warts on hands, feet, or other parts of the body will not cause genital warts and vice-versa. There are only specialized strains that will inhabit the skin cells around the genitals. Any time you have a wart on your hands or feet, it’s a strain of HPV, however nearly the entire population is exposed to strains of HPV in their lifetime. Over 80% of adults will be exposed to sexually transmitted strains within their lifetime. (40% by the time they complete college.)

Because the HPV virus lives in the skin, it is transferred through skin on skin contact. The exchange of skin cells is what causes it to spread. As condoms do not completely cover the full range of skin the virus may be found in, it is not particularly effective against its spread.

It is only a very small number of HPV strains that have potential to cause cancers. The gardisil shots protect against these strains. It’s highly recommended you get these before becoming sexually active.

Al LeGator April 5, 2011 at 1:53 pm

The only way to get one of the strains of HPV that can cause abnormal cells in the cervix is through sex. Those strains are almost always undetectable in men – penile cancer is very rare.But they can transmit it to a woman vaginally or anally. (Or a male in homosexual relationships) The abnormal cells your test discovered are cause to be concerned and vigilant, but not to panic. Sometimes cancer results and sometimes it does not.

But I’m a bit confused about the “hpv warts”. Different strands produce warts and cervical cell changes. But you could, of course, have been exposed to more than one strain.

I hope the link will give you some of the information you need.

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