As many as 79 million Americans, most of whom are teens and young adults, have human papillomavirus (HPV). Because HPV can increase your risk of gynecological cancer and genital warts, Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology provides expanded screenings and treatment for symptoms. You can book your HPV exam at one of the practice’s two locations in the Medical District of Fort Worth by calling the office nearest you. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online by using the online booking tool.
Human papillomavirus, known as HPV, is the most commonly occurring type of sexually transmitted disease (STD). Medical experts find that most sexually active men and women go through some level of HPV exposure at some point in life. But not everyone develops symptoms.
HPV spreads through skin-to-skin contact of the genitals. It can spread through:
If you’re pregnant and have HPV, you can also spread the infection to your little one during birth, which can lead to respiratory or genital infections in your baby.
HPV can increase your risk of precancer or cancer of your vulva, vagina, and cervix, to name a few. It can even lead to genital warts. Because HPV can be so problematic and detrimental to your health, the expert practitioners at Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology conduct thorough HPV screenings.
During a well-woman exam, your gynecologist may recommend a Pap test combined with an HPV test. The HPV portion is very similar to the Pap — your doctor just needs another sample of cervical cells to send off to the lab for evaluation.
Your gynecologist can also diagnose HPV by examining you to check for signs of genital warts, which appear as small bumps or clusters of bumps, usually around your vulva.
No cure exists for HPV, which is why it’s important to get vaccinated — as early as age 11 — and continue coming into Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology for routine screenings.
If your HPV results are positive, your dedicated gynecologist can treat the issues that HPV causes. For instance, if you develop genital warts, you may need prescription medications or in-office treatments (like cryotherapy) to treat the wart outbreak and resolve your discomfort.
Alternatively, if you have an abnormal Pap or precancerous cells, your gynecologist could recommend an in-office colposcopy to evaluate your tissues further, or even a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) to remove abnormal cells.
Learn more about HPV screenings and treatment solutions by booking an exam at Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology today. Schedule online or over the phone with either office.