Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) but usually doesn’t cause symptoms. Board-certified OB/GYN Brian A. Levitt, MD, and his team of women’s health experts offer HPV testing and vaccination at their practices in Snellville and Suwanee, Georgia. To learn more about how to prevent complications of HPV, call or book an appointment online.
There are over 200 different types of human papillomavirus (HPV), making it the most widely spread sexually transmitted disease. HPV affects people of all ages but is especially common among teens and younger adults.
Most people with HPV show no signs or symptoms but are still able to spread the virus through sexual contact. Anyone who’s sexually active can get HPV, even if you have only one partner.
Many HPV infections go away on their own without causing serious problems. If left untreated, certain strains of HPV can lead to complications such as genital warts and cancer.
Genital warts appear as tiny bumps on your genitals that may appear alone or in clusters. Cancer can take years, or even decades, to develop after you become infected with HPV.
Most people who are infected with HPV show no signs or symptoms. You may learn that you have HPV if you find warts on your genitals or other parts of your body, such as the soles of your feet.
If you’re over age 30, Dr. Levitt or a member of his team can test for HPV during your routine Pap test. HPV is so common in people under age 30 that testing isn’t recommended for teens and young adults.
Dr. Levitt and his team offer the HPV vaccine to protect you against some of the most dangerous strains of HPV, including those that cause genital warts and cancer. However, the vaccine doesn’t prevent you from getting all types of the virus.
HPV vaccines are given in doses of two to three shots over the course of six months. People ages 15-26 get three shots, while those ages 9-14 need only two.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all children receive an HPV vaccination around 11-12 years old. It’s rare for people over age 26 to get the HPV vaccine, but Dr. Levitt and his team see patients ages 11 and up and are happy to discuss the potential benefits of this vaccine with you regardless of your age.
For more information on HPV testing and vaccination, call the office of Brian A. Levitt, MD, or book an appointment online.