Definition: HPV is a different virus than HIV and HSV (herpes). HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives. There are many different types of HPV. Some types can cause health problems including genital warts and cancers
Symptoms:The HPV virus lives in mucous membranes, such as those in the genital area, or on the skin. If genital warts show up, it's an indication of HPV infection. Genital warts take on many different appearances. They can be raised, flat, pink, or flesh-colored. They can even be shaped like cauliflower. Sometimes there is a single wart; other times multiple warts appear. They can be small or large. They can be on the anus, cervix, scrotum, groin, thigh, or penis.
Treatment:HPV types 6 and 11, those associated with genital warts, tend to grow for about six months, then stabilize. Sometimes, visible genital warts go away without treatment. When treatment is indicated, patients can get a prescription cream from their doctor to apply at home. There are two options: Podofilox, or Condylox Imiquimod, or Aldara
Statistics: STD Surveillance 2014 - Human Papillomavirus (November 17, 2015) Human Papillomavirus — Cervicovaginal Prevalence of High-Risk and Low-Risk Types Among Women Aged 14–59 Years by Age Group, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2003–2006 . Human Papillomavirus — Cervicovaginal Prevalence of Types 6, 11, 16 and 18 Among Women Aged 14–59 Years by Age Group and Time Period, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2003–2006 and 2007–2010 Genital Warts. Genital Warts — Initial Visits to Physicians’ Offices, United States, 1966–2013 Selected STDs and Complications -Initial Visits to Physicians' Offices, National Disease and Therapeutic Index, United States, 1966-2013 Genital Warts — Prevalence per 1000 Person-Years Among Participants in Private Health Plans Aged 10–39 Years by Sex, Age Group, and Year, 2003–2010. Genital Warts — Prevalence among STD Clinic Patients by Sex, Sex of Partners, and Site, STD Surveillance Network (SSuN), 2014 Incidence, Prevalence, and Cost of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States