Most human papillomavirus (HPV) infections clear on their own, but some can linger and lead to serious problems like cancer or genital warts. Dr. Daniel Kushner offers comprehensive care for women at his office, Daniel Kushner, MD, in White Plains and Queens, New York. For a thorough evaluation using the most advanced diagnostic tools, call the office to schedule an HPV screening or book your appointment online.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) covers a group of more than 150 different viruses. Affecting nearly 80 million Americans, it’s the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States.
HPV is spread through oral, anal, or vaginal sex with an infected person. The higher the number of sex partners you have, the higher your risk for contracting HPV.
Usually, HPV infections are mild and resolve on their own. There are a few strains that are long lasting and won’t go away without treatment. Certain strains of HPV cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer, and others can lead to genital warts.
HPV has no symptoms, so the best way to determine if you have the virus is to maintain regular screenings and annual Pap smears. If your Pap smear shows abnormal cell growth, Dr. Kushner may recommend a colposcopy or other testing to investigate whether the HPV is one of the strains associated with an increased risk of developing cervical cancer.
If your Pap smear results are abnormal, Dr. Kushner will recommend a follow-up procedure called a colposcopy. Just like a Pap smear, you’ll lay back and place your feet up in footrests.
With a speculum, Dr. Kushner will open your vagina and dab a painless vinegar solution on your cervix so he can see the abnormal cells with a colposcope, which is essentially a specialized microscope. The colposcope’s concentrated light will make it easy for Dr. Kushner to access and take a biopsy of the abnormal cells.
He will then send it to the lab for further evaluation. You’ll have results within two weeks.
Most strains of HPV disappear on their own. If you have a strain that causes warts or abnormal cells, Dr. Kushner may recommend:
With any HPV infection, Dr. Kushner will keep a close watch to ensure it’s not growing, spreading, or progressing into cervical cancer.
For comprehensive care for all your gynecological needs, including HPV, call Daniel Kushner, MD, for an appointment or book online.