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Reviewed by: Frank Cockerill, MD. June 2, 2017
Most people with HPV have no symptoms at all. Often, an HPV infection
gets better on its own. According to the World Health Organization, 90%
of HPV infections will clear up in 2 years. But HPV can cause genital warts,
and if an HPV infection becomes chronic (long-term), there’s a higher risk
of developing cancer, often many years after a person is first infected.
Genital warts typically look like small bumps or clusters in the genital
area and can affect men and women. Genital warts can be big or small, flat
or raised … and they can be diagnosed upon visual examination by your doctor.
Types of HPV that causes genital warts most likely will not lead to serious
complications like cancer.
Symptoms of HPV can include, but are not limited to:
No symptoms at all
The types of HPV that cause warts are often not the types that cause cancer.
One way to protect against cancer caused by HPV is to get vaccinated.