Dr. Jorge Villarreal is an OB-GYN who brings extensive experience in women’s health to his practice in El Paso, Texas. He can check you for signs of HPV and provide treatment if precancerous cells are present.
HPV Management Q & A
What Is HPV?
Human papillomavirus infection is a type of sexually transmitted infection. HPV is relatively common and testing is available. In addition, your gynecologist can provide HPV management to help you with this problem. In reality, there are a variety of infections that fall under the HPV name, so your experience can vary depending on the type you have. Some varieties create warts on the body, while others can result in cervical cancer or possibly other types of cancer.
Can I Prevent HPV if I Don’t Already Have It?
Prevention is part of the way gynecologists manage HPV. If you meet the criteria, you can take advantage of a vaccine that reduces your risk of cervical cancer and genital warts from HPV. In addition, using condoms during sex cuts down on your risk of getting it and talking to your partner about getting tested can ensure that you are both healthy.
How Do I Know if I Have HPV?
Genital HPV does not always show symptoms. When it does, you might notice warts on the skin and cancerous types of this infection can show precancerous lesions. Get evaluated by an OB/GYN to confirm whether or not you have this infection and to check for signs of cervical cancer. This type of doctor checks for signs of cervical cancer during regular pap tests as well.
What Are Treatments for HPV Infection?
At the moment, HPV does not have a cure. The majority of cases are not harmful and they go away without treatment. However, if HPV has created changes to the cells in the cervix, your woman’s doctor can offer treatments such as cryotherapy, which freezes the abnormal cervix cells to give healthy cells a chance to grow in their place. For more information or to schedule an exam with the doctor, contact the office today.