HPV Virus Infection: Causes and Symptoms

If you test positive for HPV, the first thing you think of is probably condyloma acuminata, cervical cancer, and other “venereous diseases” or “cancers.”

It has to be said that HPV is indeed a master of the world, but its power is not that it will be fatal once it appears, but that as long as it appears, it can scare everyone away without doing anything.


What is the HPV virus?

HPV virus (abbreviation of human papilloma virus) is a kind of papilloma vacuolating virus A belonging to the family Papovavirus family. It is a spherical DNA virus that can cause the proliferation of squamous epithelium of human skin and mucous membranes. More than 130 types have been isolated. The virus only invades humans and is not pathogenic to other animals. Once the human body is infected, it will carry it for life.


How does the HPV virus spread?

Sexual contact transmission : HPV infection is mainly transmitted through direct sexual contact. The infection rate of this route accounts for more than 95% of all patients, and 50-60% of the patients’ sexual partners are infected. Patients with a disease period of about 3 months are the most infectious. Routine use of condoms cannot completely prevent the spread of the virus.

Indirect contact transmission : through contact with patients’ clothes, bedding, articles, utensils, toilets and other items, it is also possible to be infected with HPV, but it is relatively rare in clinical practice.

Iatrogenic transmission : Medical staff does not provide strict protection when inspecting, treating and caring for patients, causing medical staff to infect themselves or spreading HPV to other patients through medical staff, or incomplete disinfection of inspection and treatment equipment may cause iatrogenic spread.

Vertical transmission : The fetus can be infected with HPV when passing through the birth canal of pregnant women infected with HPV. In addition, through close contact with mothers suffering from CA, babies can be infected with HPV after birth.


Can drugs treat HPV infection?

If you are sick, you must take medicine. Most people find that HPV is positive, and the first reaction is to take some medicine as soon as possible. Some doctors will advise patients to use interferon or some proprietary Chinese medicines, or even some antiviral drugs such as nucleosides. In fact, so far, no drugs have a definite effect on the HPV virus. In the guidelines on HPV treatment, there is no mention of any drugs that can kill the HPV virus.

Among those infected with the HPV virus, even without any treatment, the chance of spontaneous conversion is probably over 80%. Especially in young infected people, most of them are transient infections, and 80%-90% can turn negative naturally.


If HPV virus infection is found, what will happen if it is left untreated?

In fact, the important significance of finding HPV virus positive is not how to remove the virus, and drugs cannot remove it. It is to remind us that we should find out whether there are cervical lesions or precancerous lesions as soon as possible. If the cervix has been found to be lesions, it needs to undergo active treatment to prevent its development. It can be treated during the period of precancerous lesions or cervical carcinoma in situ. It can achieve very good therapeutic effects, and even retain fertility. However, if there are no lesions in the cervix, no treatment is required, and regular review is sufficient


About Sarah A.

Sarah is a dermatologist, which makes her pretty trustworthy, she has been a dermatologist for over 10 years, and she’s been guest blogging abour Skin Health and Wellness since 2012. She covers a wide array of skincare topics, from acne to aging, skin cancer to psoriasis, and diet to dry skin. She also evaluates all kinds of skincare treatments, both lab-made and all-natural.