Human papilloma virus & warts

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  • A common disease: When we start our sex lives, it is estimated that about 25% of people get infected the first time they have sex.

    Most infections in women who are HIV negative have no long term consequences. Throughout our sex lives we get infected with various strains of papilloma virus, and then eliminate them from our bodies.

    This virus can produce warts but is most often silent without symptoms.

    Positive for oncogenic strains:

    – More regular smear (PAP) testing is required (not every two years but every 6 months)

    Negative for oncogenic strains:

    • You could have been infected in the past but not currently

    How to prevent cervical cancer :

    • Do a papilloma virus typing test, do regular smear (PAP) tests and use a condom
    • We can do this test in just 24 hours

    Oncogenic strains can induce changes which can lead to cancer:

    • It is well known that the majority of cervical cancer is produced by oncogenic strains of papilloma virus.
    • Therefore most women do a regular smear test (the PAP test) with their gynaecologist to look for any early changes and get them treated.
    • The presence of oncogenic strains should prompt 6 monthly check ups which is the main reason for doing a papilloma virus typing test. There are some 40 strains that can be sexually transmitted. Types 16, 18, 31, and 45 are considered the most dangerous.
    • The papilloma virus typing test is easy. It just consists of rubbing a swab over the cervix.
    • Nobody carrying this virus ever goes straight from normal cells to cancer. There is always an intermediate stage (called dysplasia) which are exactly the changes we look out for.
    • When we see these changes, a treatment can be started that stops the situation from worsening so as to protect the patient’s health.
    • There is now a vaccine against the most common of the dangerous strains. Speak to your gynaecologist for more information.

    If you would like to do a papiloma virus typing test at Open House  we can get the results back to you in just 90 minutes.

    Please see the next section for more details about this test.

    Doubts & queries? please just write to us!

  • This is the most common sexually transmitted disease:

    • – When we start our sex lives, it is estimated that about 25% of people get infected the first time they have sex.
    • – Most infections in men who are HIV negative have no long term consequences.
    • – Throughout our sex lives we get infected with various strains of papilloma virus, and then eliminate them from our bodies.
    • – This virus can produce warts but is most often silent without symptoms.

    Turning into cancer is not common in men

    • – There are oncogenic strains of papilloma virus (ones that can produce cancer) but they occur so very infrequently in HIV negative men that their presence is not a revelant threat.
    • – We don’t tend to do test for these strains for reasons you can read in the table below:

    Positive for oncogenic strains:

    • – This is not usually a threat in men
    • – Your partner could have become infected but has managed to eliminate the virus

    Negative for oncogenic strains:

    • – But you could have been infected in the past, have transmitted the virus to your partner, but now you are negative becasue you eliminated the virus from your body

    How to protect your partners:

    • Condoms reduce risk but the best way to protect partners against cervical cancer is to ensure they do their yearly gynaecological check-ups

    Papilloma virus

    Information for heterosexual men with sexual contact outside their usual relation

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  • In HIV positive men:

    • – There is a high level of anal papilloma virus infection with oncogenic strains, even in men who are not passive in sex.
    • – Therefore in this group of men we have seen an increase in the rate of anal cancer.
    • – In Spain, there is no well-coordinated public health sector consensus about how to manage this situation.
    • – We can offer you an annual check-up to determine if there are any oncogenic strains and if so, do an anal smear test to check there are no pre-cancerous changes.
    • – This way we can watch out for any warning signs of change and get treatment started to stop its progression.

    In HIV positive women:

    • – There is a high level of anal papilloma virus infection with oncogenic strains, in the cervix and anus, even in women who do not practise anal sex.
    • – Therefore in this group of women we have seen an increase in the rate of anal and cervical cancer.
    • – It is extremely important to do regular check-ups with your gynaecologist, including smear tests from the anus.

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Confused by what you've read? Three suggestions

1Call us for an appointment and we make the decision on which is the appropriate test together.

2Please trust our clinical judgment. In Open House is successful in the treatment of 97% of cases of warts.

3Caution! is important to look at our schedules before calling us and make an appointment.

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I would like to do a papillomavirus typing test

At Open House we can perform a test to see if you are carrying any of the important oncogenic strains of the virus.

As mentioned above, this test is most relevant to women, because the presence of so-called oncogenic strains of papillomavirus (those which may cause changes in the cervix and may then lead to cancerous changes) should prompt a more thorough gynaecological check-up with PAP smear tests being perfomred every six months.

It may also be an idea to do this test if you are an HIV posiive man as these strains may cause anal cancer.

Our test will tell us if the patient has one of three most common oncogenic strains (type 16, 18 and 45) but also is able to detect the DNA of any othe oncogenic strains present.

Results take just 24 hours : price 145€

But if you would like to get the results back in just 1 hour: price 195€

I need treatment for genital warts

A quick overview of our statistics regarding warts

Cases treated warts

Clinical success after the first treatment session

Clinical success after the second treatment session

Wart treatment in the same consultation

Open House can treat genital warts with cryotherpy (freezing) with precision to the milimetre. The whole process, which is painfree, lasts about 10 minutes.

In some more difficult cases we use topical treatments which are toxic to the warts or that stimulate defenses.

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Therapeutic success in Open House:

The results (therapeutic success) we obtain in treatment of genital warts are:

Warts under 6 months with one session of cryotherapy90%
Warts under 6 months in one or two sessions of cryotherapy94%
Warts long lasting or those unresponsive to cryotherapy and require alternative treatments6%

Open House can not treat intravaginal warts, cervical or intra-anal.

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