The type of the virus plays an important role. However, the immune system (the human body’s defense mechanism) and the good function of the body’s tumor-suppressing mechanisms are more important. For example, HPV 16 is the most oncogenic type of HPV and causes persistent infections. We know, however, that many women infected with HPV 16 on the cervix suppress the infection within 2-3 years without any consequences. Despite this, in some cases infections from HPV 16 on the cervix are persistent. It is obvious that the immune system of these women cannot control and suppress them. A significant percentage of these women will develop premalignant lesions and, later on, cervical cancer.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Genital Warts
HPVs: What they are and what they cause
How frequent are subclinical lesions caused by HPV in the general population and what is the incidence compared to the incidence of genital warts?
- HPV and cancer
- Am I the only one with HPV?
How do you explain that many people are infected by HPV viruses but only a few have serious problems from them?Does the chance of infection by genital types of HPV increase depending on the number of sexual partners?
- How did I get HPV?
- When did I contract HPV and who gave it to me?
- What are the tests necessary for checking an HPV infection?
Pap testHPV DNA testColposcopyWhat does the doctor see under the microscope when examining a biopsy and what are the possible diagnoses?
- Will I always have HPV?
- How can I protect myself from HPV?
Men and HPV