HPV: 6 Frightening Possible Effects of the STD


This is a very frightening health problem. Luckily, in most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any serious issues. But when the STD does not go away, it can cause awful symptoms like genital warts or even cancer. There is no way of knowing which infected persons will develop cancer or other complications. It is true though, that people with weaker immune systems could be less likely to effectively fight the virus and will be more likely to develop complications. Here are some possible effects.

Number Six: Vaginal Cancer

Most women infected with this STD don’t go on to develop vaginal cancer, but it’s possible in some cases. HPV is present in nearly three quarters of females who have cancer of the vagina.

Number Five: Anal Cancer

Most cell cancers of the anus appear to be connected to infections caused by the human papilloma virus. This is the same virus that causes other forms of cancer.

Number Four: Oropharyngeal Cancer Can Occur from Oral HPV

Most people with this viral infection in the mouth and throat are asymptomatic, and only a very tiny amount go on to develop oropharyngeal cancer. Oral HPV is more common in males. The risk of contracting oral HPV infections is connected to certain sex acts such as oral sexual relations.

Number Three: Genital Warts

This infection can lead to anal and genital warts. However, most people with the virus do not report any signs of warts, so it’s hard to tell from this symptom alone whether you have it.

Number Two: Penile Cancer

The symptoms of this particular type of cancer are visible on the skin of the penis. It’s of utmost  importance to notice any changes here and tell a doctor as soon as possible.

Number One: Cervical Cancer can Result from HPV

Cancer of the cervix does not usually have any noticeable symptoms until it is quite advanced and at a serious stage. For this reason, it’s very important for women to get regular tests done to screen for it. Thanks for reading our list, and we hope you learned some important health facts from it.