Among people infected by HPV, only a small percentage will develop serious problems. In most infected individuals, the virus causes no problem apart from a temporary inflammation that may remain unnoticed and be automatically suppressed by the immune system. We do not yet know which individuals are more “sensitive” and at a higher risk. It seems that in cases with carcinogenesis, the immune system and the tumor suppressing mechanisms fail.
Frequently Asked Questions
HPVs: What they are and what they cause
- 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 testColposcopy
- Will I always have HPV?
- How can I protect myself from HPV?
Men and HPV