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Human Papillomavirus Infection in Females

Alternate Names : Genital HPV, Venereal Wart Infection

Human Papillomavirus Infection in Females | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the infection?

Most women have no symptoms during the early stage of infection. In several studies that involved college women, nearly half were positive for HPV. However, only 1% to 2% had visible warts and fewer than 10% remembered ever having warts. If symptoms are present, they may include the following:

  • dry, painless, cauliflower-like warts on the genitals
  • genital sores
  • increased dampness or moisture in the area of the warts
  • chronic itching of the outer lips of the vagina
  • increased vaginal discharge
  • abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • abnormal Pap smear results. A Pap smear is an examination, under a microscope, of cells scraped from the cervix.
  • warts in other sexually exposed areas, such as the anus or mouth

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    Human Papillomavirus Infection in Females: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
    Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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