There are over 100 different types of HPV, including some that affect the genitals. Genital HPV is similar to the virus which causes warts on other parts of the body.
Genital HPV is so common that it could be considered a normal part of being a sexually active person. Most people will have HPV at some time in their lives and never know it. You may become aware of HPV if you have an abnormal Pap smear result, or if genital warts appear.
HPV infection is very common and in most people it clears up naturally in about 8-14 months
In patients who feel that it is relevant to them, sexually transmitted disease screening can be conducted during your consultation. As STDs can occur without the woman experiencing symptoms, screening is offered as part of a womenâ€™s health check, as is a discussion about safe sex practices.
Women are also invited to discuss other matters that may be of concern to them.
These may include:
- Contraceptive Options
- Mood disorders or symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Other preventative health measures such as blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes checks.