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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is genital warts HPV?

    I have genital warts, is this the same as HPV? Does this put me at risk for developing cancer of the cervix?
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  • ACCF’s Vision is to protect and enhance women’s health by eliminating cervical cancer and enabling treatment for women with cervical cancer and related health issues, … View Profile

    Probably not!    There are several common wart viruses, nevertheless all should be checked and treated to prevent the spread. 

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    Dr Tony Bushati

    Gynaecologist, Obstetrician

    Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Tony Bushati is a specialist Obstetrician & Gynaecologist with a particular interest in general and high risk obstetric, miscarriage, laparoscopic surgery … View Profile

    HPV is quite a large family of viruses called Human Papilloma Viruses capable of infecting humans. There are more than 100 subtype of this large family of viruses. The majority of subtypes causes no symptoms in most people, however, some subtypes have been shown to cause genital warts but they are not the most harmful. Other subtypes have been linked to the development of the cervical cancer and these ones are the most harmful. The most common subtypes are 6, 11, 16, 18. While the 6 and 11 are mostly connected to genital warts, the 16 and 18 are linked to cervical cancer.
    Thanks to enormous work performed in this area, nowadays we armed with vaccines against the most common types of HPV viruses. There are currently 2 types of vaccines in the market, Gardasil and Cervarix. They both protect against the dangerous subtypes 16 and 18. However Gardasil also offer protection against 6 and 11 subtypes.
    Vaccinating all teenage girls would significantly reduce the risk of cervical cancer, and a decline in genital warts cases.

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