Here is some info for all : HPV (human papillomavirus) is the common wart virus. It is the cause of the various kinds of warts (genital warts, plantar warts, flat warts) as well as cervical dysplasia, v____al dysplasia, and cervical cancer. HPV has been implicated as a cause of infertility, miscarriages, vaginosis, vaginitis, vulvar vestibulitis syndrome, prostate disease, and laryngeal papillomatosis. It is impossible to determine how long someone has had an HPV infection. Neither men nor women are routinely tested for HPV. Women are "indirectly" tested for HPV by a Pap smear which shows "HPV characteristics" if the HPV has damaged some cells resulting in cervical dysplasia. If the cells are not damaged, the HPV goes undetected unless a Digene Hybrid Capture® HPV DNA Test is done.
Other test methods (specific blood tests) may show that there has been HPV infection in the past, but they cannot determine if HPV is currently present. HPV is usually diagnosed because the cervical or v____al cells obtained by Pap smear or biopsy have the "characteristic appearance of HPV-infected cells” under the microscope.
HPV is not always transmitted s_xually. However, the types that cause anogenital warts (also called condylomata ac_minata, venereal warts, genital warts, v____al warts, and penile warts) and cervical dysplasia are most commonly s_xually transmitted, like low risk HPV types 6, 11, 42, 43, and 44. For this reason HPV is cla__sified as an STD (s_xually transmitted disease) and can be transmitted through s_xual intercourse, oral s_x, a___l s_x, or any skin-to-skin contact.
Some women develop genital warts, cervical/v____al dysplasia, or both, while others become carriers with no signs or symptoms, or they become immune to certain HPV types. Men generally develop genital warts, become carriers, or develop immunity. All of the HPV types are contagious.
HPV is contagious even when warts and dysplasia are not present. Some HPV types have a greater a__sociation than others with cervical dysplasia and cancer like high risk HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, and 68.
HPV can lie dormant in humans for an unknown period of years. However, most individuals develop immunity, after which time they are no longer contagious.
One can probably a__sume that immunity exists and the risk of being contagious is over after having genital warts and/or dysplasia when: (1) in cases of surgical removal, or when the signs and symptoms have disappeared without any treatment, there have been no recurrences for a year, or (2) in cases of Beta-mannan™ treatment, all warts and/or dysplasia disappeared during therapy.
In both of these situations one may a__sume, with some degree of certainty, that immunity has developed and that the HPV infection no longer exists.
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