Dating after genital warts
While the Pap smear is not designed to detect HPV (only abnormal cervical changes) abnormal changes may indicate HPV infection or another vaginal infection.Your physician will order either a follow-up screening procedure such as a colposcope or follow you closely to detect any further cervical changes when abnormal Pap results are obtained.
HPV is frequently difficult to detect because genital warts are often skin-colored and painless, and rarely causes symptoms.You should consult your physician anytime you notice unusual growths, bumps, or other skin anomalies, as well as if you experience itching, pain, or abnormal bleeding.Genital warts or HPV viruses are sometimes detected during your annual GYN examination, however the Pap smear is not a screening tool for HPV or any other STD or infection.Although most HPVs do not progress to cancer, it is especially important for women diagnosed with HPVs to have regular Pap smears.HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, and 35 are linked to cervical cancer.These high-risk HPVs may also be linked to increased risk of cancers of the vulva, anus, and bladder.
Often, unless genital warts are located in a spot where you can see or feel them, you may not know you are infected.
Genital warts sometimes go undetected because they are inside the vagina, on the cervix, or in the anus.
Twenty-four million Americans may have the human papillomavirus (HPV), yet more than 76 percent of women in the United States have never heard of this sexually transmitted virus which causes virtually 100 percent of all cervical cancers.
Scientists have discovered over sixty types of the human papillomavirus virus.
Visible genital warts occur in only about one percent of sexually active adults infected with the HPV virus, while other types of HPV are subclinical infections.
The types of HPVs that cause genital warts are not associated with increased cancer risks and are caused by HPV types 6 and 11.