HPV symptoms What are the symptoms of HPV?

HPV symptoms - silet disease

Why is HPV called "the silent killer"?

HPV can lead to cancer (most commonly cervical cancer in women) but also vaginal and vulval cancer in women, penile cancer in men and anal, mouth and throat cancer in men and women. However, as 8 out of 10 people contract it at some point and for the most part it is harmless and symptomless, HPV is extremely serious and potentially deadly.

HPV symptoms in man

What are the typical HPV symptoms in men?

Most men with HPV won't have symptoms so it is hard to identify and is often misdiagnosed as genital warts. However, the most common symptoms include:

  • painless, possibly itchy wart-like lumps on the skin around the penis and scrotum,
  • wart-like lumps on the skin around the anus

However, HPV doesn't only affect the genitals. Other symptoms include:

  • wart-like lumps on the skin in the mouth and throat
HPV symptoms in woman

What are typical symptoms of HPV in women?

Most women with HPV won't have symptoms so it is hard to identify and is often misdiagnosed as genital warts. However, the most common symptoms include:

  • painless, possibly itchy wart-like lumps on the skin around the vulva and vagina
  • wart-like lumps in the cervix, which are hidden from sight and therefore harder to detect
  • wart-like lumps on the skin around the anus

However, HPV doesn't only affect the genitals. Other symptoms include:

  • wart-like lumps on the skin in the mouth and throat
HPV and pregnancy

HPV in pregnancy

If HPV is present pregnancy, it is unlikely to damage the unborn child or have any effect on the birth. Even if, on the rare occasionally HPV is passed on from mother to child, the baby will usually fight it off themselves. Rarely the baby may develop warts on their vocal chords or other areas but this is not often serious. Pregnant women are routinely tested for HPV and the condition is managed.

Non-treated HPV

What happens if I don't get treated?

If symptoms of HPV are ignored and women don't attend their regular smear tests, HPV can develop into deadly cervical cancers. HPV can also lead to vaginal and vulval cancer in women, penile cancer in men and anal, throat and mouth cancer in both men and women.

Last updated August 27, 2018