HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus is commonly called the wart virus. There are over 60 types of HPV that have been identified. Types 1,3,and 5 can cause warts on the hands and feet of children.

Types 6 and 11 can cause warts on menís and womenís bottoms (genital warts). Other types, such as 16,18,31,33,and 35 may not cause warts but can cause changes to the cells of your vagina, vulva, or cervix, such as dysplasia.

What is cervical Dysplasia?

Cervical dysplasia is a premalignant or precancerous change in the cells of your cervix. There are three types of cervical dysplasia: mild, moderate, and severe. Mild dysplasia is by far the most common, and probably is not a true premalignant disease. Mild dysplasia generally represents a tissue response to the HPV virus. Up to 70% of women with mild dysplasia will have the cells become normal without any treatment. However, even mild dysplasia can progress to more significant disease. Moderate and severe dysplasias are treated when they are discovered, because of their higher rates of turning into cancer.

What causes Cervical Dysplasia?

HPV is one of the most frequent causes of cervical dysplasia. In addition, cigarette smoking has been found to be a cause. Women who smoke concentrate these chemicals nicotine and cottoning into their cervix, which harms the cells. Men also concentrate these chemicals into their genital secretions, and can bathe the cervix with these chemicals during intercourse. Male partners of women with cervical dysplasia should not smoke. Some nutritional deficiencies also can cause cervical dysplasia. The NCI recommends that women consume five servings of fresh vegetables or fruits each day. If you cannot do this, consider taking a daily multivitamin with antioxidants such as Vitamin E or beta-carotene.

How can you tell if I have HPV?

Only one person in 100 with HPV will exhibit any warts. The Pap smear often detects HPV. Even if HPV is not noted on the Pap smear. It is 80% to 90% certain that you have the virus if you have been diagnosed with any type of cervical dysplasia. This is particularly true in women under the age of 40 with a diagnosis of dysplasia.

How did I get the Virus?

You generally obtain the virus through sexual contact. Condoms can prevent the spread of many diseases, but not HPV. HPV. Is found on all the genital tissues, and a condom on the penis usually will not prevent transmission of HPV. The virus can lay dormant in your tissues for up to 20 years before it causes warts or changes to the cells.

Can I get rid of HPV and dysplasia?

Even if your entire cervix is burned or frozen, the virus generally still remains. The goal of treatment is not elimination of the virus, but for the bodyís immune system to control the virus. Cervical dysplasia can be removed by many techniques, and the doctor can discuss these treatments with you if they are needed. Women with normal immune system function can be cured of cervical dysplasia