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HPV Infection - Could this Infection Truly be cured?

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HPV or human papillomavirus infections abound globally with nearly twenty million infected solely in the United States. Nearly thirty of the hundred HPV forms are contracted via sexual practices possibly causing genital warts or irregular cervical or other genital region cell variations that could be cancer-eliciting.

Even as there is dearth of HPV cure, the positive aspect is that the infection mostly self-subsides. In case it doesn’t, and needs to be treated, then several choices are available. Also the novel HPV inoculations have immensely helped in lowering infection rates.

HPV treatments chiefly lay emphasis on curing the signs of infections like genital warts linked to low-risk HPV forms (non-cancer causing) and the pre-malignant modifications at times linked to high-risk HPV forms.

Affirmative HPV Presence yet Asymptomatic

Merely testing affirmative for HPV would not essentially translate to the fact that one would be requiring treatment, at least not instantaneously but the physician would recommend close observation.

In women, physicians would take swab samples from the cervical region similar to that done for cell collection during Pap test and sent for laboratory analysis to scrutinize DNA (heritable material) of HPV present in the body’s cells and spot high-risk HPV forms. However, there are still no particular testing methods for identifying cancer-causing HPV strains for males.

In case a woman has contracted a form of cancer-causing HPV then regular Pap Smear Tests would be recommended to look out for any indications of anomalous cell variation in the genital region as these could be suggestive of cervical cancer. A colposcopy test that comprises of using a specialized magnifying apparatus for minutely observing cervical, vaginal and vulval area could be performed.

HPV virus by itself cannot be cured; however the system mostly clears out the virus on its own. Among majority of the women that have contracted cervical HPV infection; it usually subsides by itself within 2 years of being detected.

However, expectant mothers or women attempting conception must seek close consultation with their physicians prior to commencing treatment as it could affect gestation, hence doctors could choose to suspend the treatment till after delivery.

Treatment Choices in case of Tissue Variations

In case HPV infection has lead to anomalous cell variations which could cause cervical cancer then there are 4 key treatment alternatives:

  • Wait-and-watch policy as at times cell variations –known as cervical dysplasia – pre-malignant cell modifications or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia would subside by itself.
  • Cryotherapy comprising of freeze-killing the anomalous cells using liquid nitrogen.
  • Conization method or cone biopsy that involves removal of irregular regions.
  • LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) that employs pain-free electrical current for obliterating anomalous cells.

The objective is complete removal of irregular cells and hence eradication of majority or all HPV-infected cells.

HPV Genital Wart Treatment Choices

Genital warts linked to HPV infection could be risen or flattish, big or small-sized, pinkish or blood in colour appearing at times on the cervical, scrotal, penile areas and groin, thigh areas.

Aggressive treatment of warts soon after their emergence is generally put off as they could continue surfacing and hence repetitive treatment would they be required.

HPV 6 and 11 forms linked with genital warts have a tendency of growing for nearly 6 months and then stabilizing. At times, perceptible genital warts disappear without any treatment.

But when treatment is indicated then two alternative topical prescription creams are suggested by the doctor, namely Podofilox or Condylox, Aldara or Imiquimod. Podofilox is to be applied for nearly a month and functions by annihilating wart tissues. Studies indicate that nearly forty-five to ninety percent of warts clear out; however in 30-60% of the situations they recur.

Imiquimod bolsters immunity to combat the virus with obliteration rates of 70-85%, however in 5-20% of the situations the warts relapse.

Additionally, a physician could offer other forms of wart removing treatments like:

  • Cryotherapy – freeze-obliteration of warts using liquid nitrogen.
  • Trichloracetic acid – a chemical application to the wart’s surface for clearing it.
  • Operative excision – excision of cells employing scalpel.
  • Electrocautery – Scorching off warts with assistance of electric currents.
  • Laser vaporization or expurgation of warts.

Operative excision could treat the issue in one sitting whereas success rates in case of other methods could vary from eighty to ninety percent.

Usually, smaller-sized warts have better response to treatments as compared to bigger-sized warts. Warts located on damp surfaces have more favourable response to topically applied cures as compared to warts located on dry surfaces.

In case a particular treatment fails in working following 3 treatments by a physician or in case the warts fail to subside following physician-offered treatments then this issue needs to be re-examined.

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