What does HPV do besides cause cervical cancer?

by Rachel on July 10, 2011

Besides the warts, and cervical cancer, does it still show up and cause cancer in other parts of the body? How can one help their immune system to fight it off as there is no cure for it? I am aware that there are vaccines, that is not going to help someone that already has it. If you have any knowledge, please share it with me. I am not able to get much from physicians, physicians assistants, nurses or the internet. I really am looking for some answers, not just to be put off with politician answers. And for the record, there has been no sexual activity for 3 years.

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?~???~?® July 10, 2011 at 2:31 am

There are over 60 different genetic types of HPV, and most of them are only associated with cutaneous lesions and benign growths — like common and plantar warts. To my knowledge, only genital infections have been directly linked to carcinoma. I’m not an expert on the different serotypes of HPV, but I do know that people who suffer from common warts don’t suddenly develop a genital infection, or vice versa. So you don’t have to worry about your genital HPV spreading to other parts of your body.

Once you’ve contracted the virus, there’s nothing that you can do to get rid of it, but you’re on the right path by wanting to boost up your immune system. Make sure that you get plenty of Vitamin C and Zinc, both help to maintain your body’s defense system. You’ll probably notice that you’re more likely to suffer an outbreak after you’ve been sick — just like people who have the Herpes virus. Oh, and maintain a regular sleep cycle — your body can’t fight as well when its tired.

Make sure that you get regular pap smears. Your GYN might want to see you more than once a year, depending on how your previous paps look. The most important thing you can do is to stay regular on your checkups. And you don’t HAVE to abstain from sexual intercourse, unless that’s just a choice you’ve made for your life right now. Condoms work wonders.

Cash July 10, 2011 at 2:41 am

The first poster is right. Just keep up with gyno exams and work on your immune system. It’s viral and other than cervical cancer risk, and I stress risk……I don’t know of any research that shows it effects any other part of the body. Just take precautions when you do have sex and start taking vitamins, get your rest, etc…

complex July 10, 2011 at 3:12 am

HPV has been connected to cervical, mouth, throat, neck, anal & head cancers.

Once cancer is present, in an avanced stage it can easily travel to any part of the body, but more often it travels to the liver and lungs. (Cancer cells are carried throughout the body by the blood system.)

Many immune systems overcome the cancer causing strains of HPV so most do not contract cancer from it. There are hundreds of HPV strains with 30 or so more likely to cause cancer, and of those, a relative handful are responsible for most HPV induced cancers.

A person can have HPV for many, many years and never know it. Because HPV also resides on the skin and hair, condoms do not protect against it, nor is intercourse needed to contract HPV, plus, it’s highly contagious so it can be passed on like wildfire without a person even knowing they have it. There is most often no symptoms after contracting it. Some will develop warts but many do not. It’s estimated that 90% of the population is infected with HPV. Most will not develop cancer from it.

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