How does a person really know they have human papilloma virus?

by Rachel on May 14, 2010

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aitkenpatty May 14, 2010 at 8:23 pm

they go to their doctor and get tested

Viola May 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm

By warts showing up on their genitals.

LSU_Tiger23 May 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm

they go get tested for it at the doctor’s office.

Jamie G May 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Go to the doctor and get tested…thats the only way for sure

LINDA J May 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm

go to the doctor and get a pap smear

nephthys76 May 14, 2010 at 11:23 pm

a common pap smear will reveal the signs of HPV… further testing (called a culposcopy or something like that) are done to determine if it is truly HPV.

Very few of the HPV strains cause genital warts, and very few cause cancer.

Keisha K May 14, 2010 at 11:36 pm

HPV..There are different types…sometimes it can take years or months to find out that you have hpv.Sometimes warts can show up in the gential area, the doctor will do a test with a q-tip on the area with acid and if its white its hpv, the doctor will than give you medicine to burn the warts off, but the hpv will always be in your system , it fades away (supposly).You can also get hpv even if you use a condom , its transmitted through skin to skin contact.But sometimes a person may never know they have it.

sandi May 14, 2010 at 11:45 pm

for low risk HPV they have had the signs and symptoms – warts – this is the case for men and women.
for High risk only women are tested on a rutine basis via a thin prep pap either as part of their regular anaual exam when the Pap comes back as abnormal or some doctors have just started to test for HPV as well as the Pap all at once. Doctors that have a high number of gay men as pts will sometimes use an “anal pap” as while rectal.anal cancer is rare it has been discovered that most cases of it are caused by HPV.
there is a blood test for HPV but it is not comercially avaible as it is very expensive.
It has also been discovered that a high % of mouth, oral, and throat cancers are caused by high risk HPV as well so there most likely will be more methods to testing for and detecting HPV coming out in the future

gangadharan_nair May 14, 2010 at 11:54 pm

A genital examination reveals flesh-colored to white, flat or raised, single or clustered lesions anywhere on the genitalia.
In women, a pelvic examination may reveal growths on the vaginal walls or the cervix. Magnification (colposcopy) may be used to see lesions invisible to the naked eye. The tissue of the vagina and cervix may be treated with acetic acid to make the warts visible. A pap smear may note changes associated with HPV.(MedlinePlus)
Your doctor will diagnose warts or related lesions based on a visual inspection.
In addition to a visual inspection of genital warts, your doctor also may apply a vinegar solution that usually turns HPV-infected genital areas white. This may help in identifying difficult-to-see flat lesions. In most cases, there’s no value in testing for the exact type of HPV infection that has caused visible warts or lesions because these HPV types don’t cause cancer.
A test is available that can detect the DNA of 13 high-risk HPVs, including types 16 and 18, from cell samples removed from the cervix. Your doctor will order this test if a Pap test yields inconclusive results — a finding referred to as atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS). As the name implies, this means a laboratory examination of cervical cells doesn’t clearly indicate whether the cells have low-grade or high-grade abnormalities. If the DNA test indicates a high-risk HPV infection, then the difficult-to-identify abnormality is more likely to present a cancer risk.
Your doctor won’t order the HPV DNA test if the Pap test is clearly abnormal. In that case, the chance of the DNA HPV test being positive is so high, it doesn’t yield useful information.
If you’re 30 years or older, your doctor may suggest an HPV DNA test as a supplement to your Pap test. If both tests are negative, your next combination Pap-DNA test would occur in three years. If the Pap test is negative but the DNA test is positive, your doctor will advise you on an earlier follow-up examination. (MayoClinic)
Please see the web pages for more details on Human Papilloma virus and Genital warts.

tarnishedsilverheart May 15, 2010 at 12:05 am

It is often difficult to know when we carry one of the 30 HPV types that are found in the genital area.

Common diagnosis can come from a visual of the penis vulva or the genital after visible genital warts have been found.

An HPV test can detect 13 high-risk HPV types that would be on the cervix. There is no screening method for the vulva without genital warts and there is no FDA screening for the male in the absents of visible genital warts

A Pap smear may diagnosis abnormal cervical cell changes that are common due to HPV but you can have one of the 30 HPV types that are found on the cervix without any cell changes.

It is difficult to diagnosis HPV that has not shown as a wart or as abnormal cervical cell changes.

Pap’s with HPV DNA test are important because they can see an active virus and treat if necessary.

One of the reasons this virus is in epidemic numbers is because you can transmit the virus with no signs and you can carry HPV and never know it.

I wish you well.

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