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HPV stands for human papillomavirus and refers to a large group of viruses. HPV often has no symptoms or complications, and most people will catch the virus at some point in their life. However, some strains of HPV can lead to further health complications such as genital warts or certain types of cancer.
There are over 100 different strains of HPV. Around 60 of these cause warts to appear on the skin, often on the hands or the feet. The rest are predominantly sexually transmitted and cause warts on or around mucus membranes such as the mouth, vagina or anus. Sexually transmitted strains of HPV can be divided into high-risk and low-risk, with high-risk HPV strains being the cause of 70% of cervical cancer cases.
People infected with the strains of HPV that increase the risk of cervical cancer will not experience any symptoms. The first you may know of the virus may be symptoms of cervical cancer, such as unexplained bleeding from the vagina.
Low-risk strains of HPV may cause genital warts on the vulva, penis or anus, but these are not linked with cancer.
HPV is often undiagnosed as it presents no symptoms and in most cases is harmless. The virus is only diagnosed when it leads to further complications, such as genital or skin warts which are easy to spot, or abnormal changes to the cells which can be picked up in tests such as cervical screening. Cervical screening is vital for detecting the early signs of cervical cancer, which if caught early can often be effectively treated. If you develop genital warts, you should consult your GP as soon as possible to be treated and to prevent the spread of the infection.
Type of HPV that affect areas around the mucous membranes (the mouth and throat, genitals and anus) are the most easily spread. HPV is spread through vaginal, oral or anal sex, but can also be spread through skin-to-skin contact of the genital area or through sharing sex toys.
All women in the UK between the age of 25 and 64 are offered regular cervical screening on the NHS. This entails taking a small sample of cells from the cervix and includes testing for HPV.
HPV often presents no symptoms, so groups at higher risk of developing complications are offered regular screening. Because HPV is associated with a high risk of cervical cancer this includes all women with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 64. Some clinics may also offer free screening to men who have sex with men.
The HPV Home Test Kit works by detecting strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) that can lead to cervical cancer. Unlike a smear test, it uses cells taken from the vagina rather than the cervix, and tests for the presence of HPV rather than cervical abnormalities.
To test for HPV, follow the instructions provided to collect a sample from your vagina, using the swab contained within the kit. If possible, it is best to wait until 2 days after the end of your period to take the test. Send your sample back to our lab for analysis and your results will be available within a few days.
We will send you an SMS text message within 2-3 days of receiving your sample at the lab. The message will let you know your results and inform you if you need to take any further action.
If your test result is positive, you are strongly advised to see your GP or gynaecologist as soon as possible. A positive result means you are at higher risk of developing cervical cancer, so you will be offered regular cervical screening to ensure that any abnormalities are detected early.
There is no treatment for HPV itself and most infections are cleared easily from the body within 2 years. The best way to avoid HPV is to protect yourself as best you can by using condoms during sex, and by being vaccinated against the virus. Treatment is available for the health complications caused by HPV, including genital warts and some types of cancer.
The HPV vaccine helps to protect against HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18, which as a group are responsible for 70% of cervical cancer cases and 90% of cases of genital warts in the UK. The vaccine It is offered free of charge to all girls and women between the ages of 12 and 18.
The HPV vaccine is almost 100% effective if all doses are administered at the correct intervals, and if it is administered before and HPV infection has been contracted.
There is no existing cure for HPV, but most people’s immune system will clear the virus on its own within 2 years.
Yes, the HPV Home Test Kit is completely confidential. We won’t tell your results to anyone else.
No, the HPV Home Test Kit is packaged in discreet, plain packaging, with nothing on the outside to disclose what it contains.
No, this test involves taking a sample from the vagina, so it can only be used by women or people with a vagina. There is currently no test for HPV in men. If you are male and you think you may be infected with HPV, make an appointment with your GP to discuss your concerns.
Infection with some strains of HPV (Human papilloma virus) is associated with a higher risk of cervical cancer in women. HPV can also lead to anal cancer, cancer of the penis and head and neck cancer in men.
HPV is an STI that can be transmitted through vaginal, oral or anal sex, or through skin-to skin contact in the genital region. However, there are many different strains of HPV that can be caught through non-sexual means, such as contact with the skin growths of an infected individual or with surfaces in public spaces which may have been exposed to the virus.
You do not have to be sexually active to contract HPV. In fact, many low-risk strains that cause either no symptoms or cause common warts on the skin are more predominant in children than in adults. HPV can be contracted through skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, or even through contact with surfaces that may have been exposed to HPV, such as public showers and swimming pools.
The national HPV immunisation programme was introduced in 2008, offering all school girls aged 12 to 13 vaccination against the virus, including a catch-up campaign that aimed to immunise all girls ages 14 to 18. The vaccine continues to be offered in schools to all girls aged 12 to 13, and is free on the NHS for girls up to the age of 18. Beginning in April 2018, the vaccine is now offered in the UK to all men under the age of 45 who have sex with other men.
Both men and women can contract HPV, and most cases are harmless and present no symptoms. Currently, the only approved HPV tests are for women only as they screen for cervical cancer, the cancer most commonly associated with HPV. Some experts recommend that men who have sex with men get tested regularly for anal cancer, which may be associated with HPV.
HPV refers to a common group of viruses and is not a type of cancer. However, it can cause abnormal changes to cells which may result in cancer, including cervical, anal, vulval and vaginal cancer, cancer of the penis and cancer of the head and neck.
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