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What are the symptoms of HPV infection?

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Often, there are no symptoms of an HPV infection, and the body clears the infection on its own in a few years. Many people never know they were infected. But sometimes an infection with high-risk types of HPV will last longer. This can cause changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cancer. The same thing could cause abnormal changes in cells of the penis and anus, but this is rare.

From: What Is HPV? WebMD Medical Reference

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Diane Harper, MD, MPH, Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H.

 

Joseph Bocchini, MD, Chairman, Committee on Infectious Diseases, American Academy of Pediatrics; Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, La.

 

American Cancer Society: "Frequently Asked Questions About Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccines."

 

FDA: "HPV (human papillomovirus)." CDC: "HPV and Men," "Genital HPV Infection-CDC Fact Sheet."

 

American Social Health Association: "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Fast Facts," "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Background Information."

 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 28, 2019

SOURCES:

Diane Harper, MD, MPH, Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H.

 

Joseph Bocchini, MD, Chairman, Committee on Infectious Diseases, American Academy of Pediatrics; Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, La.

 

American Cancer Society: "Frequently Asked Questions About Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccines."

 

FDA: "HPV (human papillomovirus)." CDC: "HPV and Men," "Genital HPV Infection-CDC Fact Sheet."

 

American Social Health Association: "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Fast Facts," "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Background Information."

 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 28, 2019

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