Human Papilloma virus or HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can also be transferred by skin-to-skin contact or contact with a contaminated surface. There are over 100 types of HPV and some infect the skin and mucous membranes, and others develop into warts.
HPV can also develop into precancerous lesions, and in a small percentage of cases cervical cancer in woman. It can also lead to penile cancer in men; however, if detected and treated early, the development into cancer in a high percentage of cases is avoided.
Recently there has been a link made between HPV and squamous skin cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. Further study is needed to confirm a direct causal link. If detected, early or small skin cancers may be treated with topical creams. Generally most skin cancers of the genitals are removed surgically.
It is important that you visit our office for regular skin check ups, as well as examine your own skin regularly for any new or suspicious growths. You are free to ask our doctor any questions you may have about HPV or any other virus or STD. We are here to answer your questions and you do not need to feel embarrassed.