HPV Specialist

WHASN Meadows

Obstetrics & Gynecology & General Surgery located in Las Vegas, NV

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. The virus takes many forms, and some can cause cellular changes in the cervix that lead to cancer. At the OB/GYN practice WHASN Meadows with offices in and around Las Vegas, Nevada, the caring provider team offers screening and vaccination for HPV. To learn more about HPV testing and prevention, call the office and set up an appointment today, or use this website to book online.

HPV Q & A

What is HPV?

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a virus with more than 150 strands. Your body can easily fight off some types of HPV, and others can cause minor inconveniences, like warts on your fingers or feet. 

Sexually transmitted HPV can cause genital warts. They look like bumps or a group of bumps on your genitals. These warts may be raised or flat, small or large, and shaped like a cauliflower. 

Certain types of HPV transmitted sexually can cause cervical cancer and cancer of the vulva and vagina. An HPV infection can also cause the development of specific cancers of the mouth, throat, anus, and rectum. 

HPV is spread through skin-to-skin contact, especially sexual activity. 

What are the symptoms of HPV?

HPV often doesn’t show symptoms, making it easy to spread unknowingly. Warts are a sign of HPV, including those that appear on your genitals. 

Irregular cervical cells and cancerous cervical cells are also a symptom of an HPV infection. In many cases, women only receive an HPV diagnosis after learning they have cervical cancer. Cancer may not develop for many years after the initial HPV diagnosis. 

People with poor immune systems are less able to fight off HPV and may be more likely to develop complications after an infection. 

What can be done to treat HPV?

HPV can’t be cured, but symptoms like genital warts are easily treated. In the majority of cases, HPV goes away without causing complications within two years.  

Regular Pap smears detect changes in your cervical cells that indicate an HPV infection and risk of developing cervical cancer. 

If you are sexually active, use condoms every time you have sex to lower your chance of getting HPV. HPV can be passed through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. This is especially true if you are not in a mutually monogamous relationship where both parties have been tested for HPV.

At WHASN Meadows, preteens through women aged 26 can get the HPV vaccination that prevents HPV infections that lead to cancer.

Make an appointment at WHASN Meadows to get screened for HPV or, if you’re eligible, receive the vaccine. Call today or use this website to request a visit.