HPV complications Complications of HPV

HPV complications

How to prevent HPV complications?

  • Early diagnosis and prompt treatment
  • Regular testing even if you are in a long-term relationship
  • Seeking medical treatment if warts do appear as this can prevent HPV from progressing and leading potentially to cancer
HPV complications in women

HPV complications in women

Repeated infections from high-risk strains of HPV can cause changes in the cells of the cervix and lead to pre-cancerous lesions, which, if left untreated, can become cancerous. Many women are unaware they have HPV, especially if the warts are hidden in the vagina or out of sight. All women between 25 and 64 and who are registered with a GP will be called for free smear tests on the NHS. These check for abnormal cells in the cervix, which can lead to cancer. If you are not registered, contact your local GUM clinic to ask for a test. Untreated HPV can lead to:

  • cervical cancer
  • vaginal cancer
  • vulval cancer
  • anal cancer
  • throat cancer
  • mouth cancer
HPV men complications

HPV complications in men

Repeated infections from high-risk strains of HPV can cause changes in the body's which, if left untreated, can become cancerous. Untreated HPV can lead to:

  • penile cancer
  • anal cancer
  • throat cancer
  • mouth cancer
HPV pregnancy complications

HPV complications in pregnancy

Pregnant women with high-risk strains of HPV need to be monitored to see if it alters the cells in the cervix and turns them cancerous. In most cases, treatment can wait until the baby is born. If the doctor feels it's necessary to treat the cells during pregnancy, a procedure to remove these cells may be done while taking care not to harm the baby. In some cases, being treated for pre-cancerous or cancerous cervical cells may lead to complications with future pregnancies.

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Make sure that you are safe

All these complications can be avoided if everyone gets tested for HPV once a year or every time they have a new partner. To make sure that you are not infected, order an HPV test kit online that is discreet and easy to use. Your test results will be available in 2 - 5 days after reaching the laboratory.

Last updated August 27, 2018