HPV Specialist

Did you know that almost all adults will have human papillomavirus at some point in their lives, yet few learn they’re infected? Each year, 30,000 women develop cervical cancer because of an HPV infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that as many as 79 million Americans have infections, and 14 million new cases will be diagnosed every year. Fortunately, the physicians at Simi Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group offer compassionate guidance to women in southern Ventura County and the greater Los Angeles area. For HPV testing and prevention, schedule an appointment at their office today.

HPV Q & A

Simi Obstetrics & Gynecology Medical Group

What is HPV?

HPV is a group of 150 viruses known as the human papillomavirus. HPV rarely causes symptoms, and many people who have it are unaware that they're infected. Warts found in the genital area, groin, or thighs are the only symptoms of this infection.

Intimate skin-to-skin contact, including vaginal or anal sex, spreads HPV, so it's considered a sexually transmitted disease.

What are the possible complications of HPV?

Many mild HPV infections go away on their own without causing symptoms. Some strains of HPV can lead to long-term infections. Also, some forms can turn into cervical, vaginal, or vulvar cancer in women. Women can also pass HPV infections to their partners. The virus can cause cancers of the anus, throat, and penis. This risk is why regular testing for HPV is critical to maintaining your health.

How can OB/GYNs help with HPV diagnosis?

Since HPV rarely has symptoms, the only way to know if you're infected is with routine testing. The doctors at Simi Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group recommend routine Pap smear testing for their patients. During a Pap smear, your doctor takes a small sampling of the cells that line your cervix, testing for abnormalities such as HPV, that could put you at risk of developing cervical cancer.

How can HPV be prevented?

HPV has no cure, so prevention is the most important way to protect yourself.

Using condoms limits the risk of contracting HPV. Unfortunately, the infection can affect areas of the body not covered by a condom, so you can still catch HPV even with condoms.

Women can also protect themselves by limiting their sexual partners, but the reality is that most people will be exposed to HPV.

The HPV vaccine is one of the only ways to protect against HPV infection and its complications. The HPV vaccine reduces your risk of contracting the virus and the cancer it can cause.

The vaccine is administered to preteen girls and boys ages 11 and 12 to reduce their chances of contracting HPV.

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Simi Obstetrics & Gynecology Medical Group
1147 Red Tail Way
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Phone: 805-527-8055
Fax: 805-520-8849
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