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HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a very common virus. Currently, about 80% of the population will have some form of HPV in their lifetime. It can be transmitted very easily through skin-to-skin contact and is not limited to only sexual activity. HPV infections can vary from being relatively harmless, to appearing as genital warts, to causing cancer. There is currently no cure for HPV, but you can get vaccinated against many high-risk strains.

Who can use the Nurx HPV Test Kit?

Our medical team does not recommend routine HPV testing for women under the age of 25. HPV is a very common virus and for women under 25, the virus often clears on its own – without any treatment. Additionally, women under the age of 25 have a very low…

Is it Safe to Breastfeed if I Have HPV?

If you have HPV, it is perfectly safe to breastfeed your baby without worrying about transmitting it. Research has shown that transmission of the virus through breast milk is highly unlikely. HPV is a very common sexually transmitted disease that 80% of women have been affected by at some point…

Can HPV Cause Throat Cancer?

While the human papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted disease that most commonly affects the genital area, it can also affect the throat as well, leading to cases of throat cancer. In fact, more than 40 subtypes of HPV that are sexually transmitted can affect the genital area as well as…

Does HPV Affect Fertility?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) does not directly impact a woman’s fertility, although complications from HPV can make becoming pregnant difficult. This common sexually transmitted infection may, however, impact a man’s fertility. How Can HPV Impact a Woman’s Fertility? If you are female, HPV will not usually impact your fertility.

What’s the Difference Between HPV and Herpes?

Human papillomavirus virus (HPV) and herpes are often confused as they can be sexually transmitted and cause genital lesions, however, they are caused by two different and unrelated viruses. Because of this, they cause slightly different symptoms and have different treatment options. Get to know the differences between these common…

What Is Oral HPV?

Oral HPV is a human papilloma virus infection that occurs in the mouth or throat. It’s a sexually transmitted virus that typically spreads through oral sex. Though there is a risk that oral HPV could lead to oropharyngeal cancer, most people with the infection have no symptoms or serious health…

How Much Does the HPV Vaccine Cost?

The HPV vaccine, Gardasil 9, costs $217.11 per dose without insurance and is given to adults in a three-dose series. Federally funded programs are available to help reduce or completely cover the cost of the HPV vaccine. But are there copays or other charges? What are the qualifications to receive federal assistance? And are there any age restrictions for the HPV vaccine? Read what our experts have to say.

What Do Genital Warts Look Like?

Genital warts look like small, whitish or skin-colored bumps that resemble cauliflower or are flat. They may present as clusters that resemble one large wart and will vary in size. Genital warts in women typically appear around the vagina, anus, or on the cervix while in men they can appear around the anus, on the thigh or groin, or on the tip of the penis. Are condoms effective at preventing genital warts? Where do genital warts come from? Read what our experts have to say.

Are HPV and Genital Warts the Same Thing?

No, HPV and genital warts are not the same thing. Genital warts can be a symptom of HPV, but not every person infected with HPV will have them. The best way to prevent genital warts as a symptom of HPV is to get the HPV vaccination. Who is able to have the HPV vaccine? Are there treatments for genital warts? Read what our experts have to say.

Can You Get HPV From Kissing?

We don't know for sure. There are ongoing studies into the possibility of spreading the HPV virus through kissing but the results of many of these studies are conflicting, leaving the answer to this question as inconclusive for now. HPV is known to be spread by skin-to-skin contact during anal, vaginal, or oral sex. Visible symptoms of the virus are not required for it to be spread. What type of protection should you use? Should you and your partners be tested? Read what our experts have to say.

How Is HPV Diagnosed?

At the moment, there is no FDA-approved HPV test for men, but women can test for HPV with a home testing kit from Nurx™ or during their next routine Pap smear. When being tested during a Pap smear, mucus and some cells are taken from the cervix and then sent to the lab to be tested for HPV. At-home HPV testing kits allow women to test themselves for up to 14 strains of HPV that can potentially cause cervical cancer. How often should you be tested for HPV? Read what our experts have to say.

What Are the Causes of HPV?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact with someone who has HPV. It's most commonly spread through vaginal or anal sex, though it's possible to get it from oral sex as well. HPV usually doesn't cause any symptoms and often goes away on its own, but there is a chance that it could lead to genital warts or even cancer. Want to know how to reduce your risk of getting HPV? Read what our experts have to say.

How Are Genital Warts Prevented?

Genital warts can't be fully prevented when you're sexually active, but you can lower your risk if you use barriers such as condoms or dental dams when you have sex. You should also avoid having sex with someone if you see they have warts on their genitals, anus, or mouth. Because HPV can cause genital warts, you may also want to consider getting vaccinated for HPV to reduce your risk. Wondering what risk factors increase your chances of getting genital warts? At Nurx™, we can help you find out.

What Are the Treatments for Genital Warts?

Genital warts are usually treated with medication. These medications can alleviate symptoms like itching, burning, or pain while also helping to eliminate the warts over time. When medications for genital warts aren't effective, or if the warts are particularly large, a healthcare provider may recommend surgery to remove them. Wondering whether your genital warts will come back after they've been removed? We at Nurx™ can help you learn more.

How Are Genital Warts Diagnosed?

Genital warts are usually diagnosed during a physical exam. If the growths are visible, a healthcare provider can examine the area and identify whether you have genital warts. When genital warts are not visible, such as when they're located inside the vagina or on the cervix, a diagnosis is usually made as the result of a Pap smear, cervical DNA test, or HPV test. At Nurx™, we can help you test for HPV, the cause of most genital warts, at home.

What Are the Causes of Genital Warts?

Genital warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV). Although HPV is incredibly common, only certain strains of the virus can potentially cause warts to develop in the genital region. Defending yourself against HPV reduces your risk of getting genital warts, so it's important to use protection during sex, consider vaccination, and get tested regularly. Interested in learning about how to test for HPV at home? At Nurx™, we can help you.

What Are the Symptoms of Genital Warts?

The symptoms of genital warts are varied, including swellings or warts on the genitals, genital pain and itching, and bleeding during sex. In this FAQ we go into greater detail about the common symptoms of genital warts and other key information you should know about this sexually transmitted infection. For example, did you know men and women can both get genital warts? Would you be surprised to discover these warts aren't always confined to the genital area? Read on to discover all the places you can get genital warts and the most common symptoms associated with this condition.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Get the HPV Vaccine?

The FDA has approved the HPV vaccine for 9- to 12-year-old girls and boys. However, the vaccine can also be an effective way for older teens and adults to protect themselves against the common sexually transmitted infection, human papillomavirus. Did you know that you'll need fewer injections if you get the HPV vaccine when you're a child rather than waiting until you're a teenager or adult? Read more information about the HPV vaccine and why the Nurx medical team recommends it to take control of your own sexual health or protect your children.

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