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HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Treatment Chicago

At Women’s Aid Center, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals seeking HPV (Human Papillomavirus) treatment. HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection that can lead to various health concerns, including genital warts and an increased risk of cervical cancer. At Women’s Aid Center, we understand the importance of early detection and effective treatment for HPV, and we are committed to helping our patients navigate this journey with expertise and care.

Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is here to offer personalized treatment options, support, and guidance to ensure the best possible outcomes for your health. Learn more about our HPV treatment services in Chicago and how we can assist you in managing this condition. Your well-being is our priority, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

WHAT IS HPV (HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS)?

There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. Some of these types cause genital warts, and some are known to cause cervical cancer. The type of HPV that causes genital warts does not cause cancer, and the cancer-causing type does not cause genital warts. They are two separate strains of the virus.

Because both strains of HPV do not always cause symptoms, many people do not know they are infected with HPV. Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. It is also possible to get more than one type of HPV. Most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it. HPV is not the same as herpes or HIV (the virus that causes AIDS).

A person can have HPV even if years have passed since he or she had sexual contact with an infected person. Most infected people do not realize they are infected or that they are passing the virus on to a sex partner.

HPV is passed on:

  • Through genital contact
  • Most often, during vaginal and anal sex
  • During oral sex and genital-to-genital contact
  • Between straight and same-sex partners—even when the infected partner has no signs or symptoms.

HOW IS HPV TESTED?

Many tests check for high-risk types of Human papillomavirus (HPV) in women who had a Pap test that showed abnormal cervical cells called atypical squamous cells. An HPV test can help look for one or more high-risk types of HPV. If an HPV test shows that high-risk types of HPV are present, further testing, such as Colposcopy or cervical biopsy, may be recommended.

Women older than age 25 should check for HPV as part of screening for abnormal cervical cells. The HPV test may be done at the same time as the Pap test. The results of this test can help doctors decide if further tests or treatments are needed.

HOW IS HPV TREATED?

The HPV virus itself cannot be treated, but often, the body will clear HPV infection on its own. In most women, cervical HPV infection clears on its own within two years of detection. If it does not, and treatment is needed, there are many options. Plus, as more people are vaccinated with the new HPV vaccines, the rates of infection may be greatly reduced.

Simply testing positive for HPV may not mean you will need treatment, at least not immediately. After a positive HPV test, your doctor may suggest close monitoring. Doctors may swab cells from the cervix, just as they are collected for a Pap test, and have them analyzed in a laboratory. This analysis looks for genetic material, or DNA, of HPV within the body’s cells. It can detect high-risk HPV types.

If a woman is infected with a type of HPV that can lead to cancer, the doctor may suggest frequent Pap tests to watch for signs of abnormal cell changes in the genital area. Abnormal cell changes in the cervix are a warning sign of possible cervical cancer. The doctor may also do a test called Colposcopy, in which a special magnifying device is used to look closely at the cervix, vagina, and vulva.

If the HPV infection has caused abnormal cell changes that could lead to cervical cancer, there are four main treatment options:

  • Watch and wait. Sometimes, the cell changes — called cervical dysplasia, precancerous cell changes, or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia — will heal on their own
  • Cryotherapy. This involves freezing the abnormal cells with liquid nitrogen.
  • Conization. This procedure, also known as a cone biopsy, removes the abnormal areas.
  • LEEP or Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. The abnormal cells are removed with an electrical current.

COMMON QUESTIONS ASKED ABOUT HPV

How is HPV transmitted?

HPV is primarily transmitted through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, or oral sex. It can also be spread through close skin-to-skin contact.

Are there different types of HPV?

Yes, there are over 200 different types of HPV. Some types are considered low-risk and can cause genital warts, while others are high-risk and can lead to various cancers, including cervical, anal, and throat cancer.

Is there a vaccine for HPV?

Yes, there are vaccines available that protect against certain high-risk HPV types. The most common HPV vaccines are Gardasil 9 and Cervarix. These vaccines are typically recommended for adolescents and young adults to prevent HPV-related cancers and genital warts.

Can HPV be cured?

There is no cure for HPV, but the infection often clears on its own within a couple of years. Treatment is available for the symptoms and complications it may cause, such as genital warts or abnormal Pap smears.

What are the symptoms of HPV?

  • HPV infection often has no visible symptoms, and many people do not even realize they have it. Some may develop genital warts, while others may experience abnormal Pap smears or, in the case of high-risk types, cancer.

How can I protect myself from HPV?

The best way to protect against HPV is to get vaccinated, practice safe sex by using condoms, and limit the number of sexual partners. Regular Pap smears and screenings for cervical cancer are also essential for early detection.

Women’s Aid Center for HPV Treatment in Chicago

Women’s Aid Center in Chicago is your trusted partner in addressing HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and its associated health concerns. Our commitment to your well-being extends beyond treatment; it encompasses empathy, understanding, and personalized care. With our dedicated team of healthcare professionals, we strive to provide you with the highest standard of care, ensuring that you receive the support and treatment you need to manage HPV effectively.

Remember, early detection and timely intervention are key in combating HPV and its potential complications. By choosing the Women’s Aid Center, you are taking a proactive step towards safeguarding your health and preventing the progression of this common infection.


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