As many as 79 million people are currently infected with HPV in the United States, and 14 million new cases will be reported every year. At her office in the Playa Vista area of Los Angeles, California, experienced OB/GYN, Mojan Gabbay, MD, offers on-site diagnostics and treatment for HPV infections. Dr. Gabbay also provides preventive vaccines against the HPV virus to reduce your risk for cervical and other types of cancer. To schedule HPV testing, call Dr. Gabbay’s office today or request an appointment online now.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection spread through sexual contact with an infected person. HPV infections increase your risk for developing certain types of cancer, such as cervical cancer, vulvar cancer, and vaginal cancer. You can also be at risk for developing throat cancer if you contract HPV through oral sex.
While there are 100 types of HPV, about 40 of them can infect your genital area. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for developing HPV at least once in their lifetime.
For some people with HPV, there may be no noticeable symptoms. However, many infected with HPV can develop symptoms years after initially being infected.
The most common symptom of HPV is genital warts, abnormal growths that can develop anywhere on the genitals.
HPV can also result in cancer, especially cervical cancer, if the infection remains untreated. For this reason, it’s important that you receive routine HPV testing if you’re at risk for sexually transmitted infections. Dr. Gabbay can determine how often you need testing based on your lifestyle and your medical history.
Diagnosing HPV involves a simple swab of cells from the entrance of your cervix. Dr. Gabbay often takes this sample during a routine pelvic exam and sends the cells for further evaluation at a medical lab.
HPV testing identifies cervical cell changes that can either be precancerous or cancerous. If your test results are abnormal, you may need additional diagnostic testing, and Dr. Gabbay can discuss your options for treatment.
Managing HPV typically involves the treatment of genital warts as they appear. Dr. Gabbay may use salicylic acid to remove layers of the wart over time or prescribe medications to support your immune system’s defense against HPV.
If medications aren’t enough to treat warts, Dr. Gabbay may recommend other methods to remove warts including:
If you have cancerous or precancerous cervical cells, you may need additional treatment to remove cells or areas of tissue and prevent the spread of cancer.
In addition to providing comprehensive treatment for HPV, Dr. Gabbay may also recommend preventive vaccines against HPV depending on your overall health and your age.
If you’re sexually active and haven’t had testing for HPV, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gabbay online or by calling the office.