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DISCLAIMER: The only intention of this page is to inform and educate. Central Cali H Friends does not offer medical advice or diagnosis, nor do we "endorse" specific treatments.

You don't get warts on your hands from a frog peeing on you and you don't get cancer from genital warts!

There are about 130 known types of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Most people with HPV do not develop symptoms or health problems. But sometimes, certain types of HPV can cause genital warts in men and women.

About 30 - 40 of these 130 types are transmitted sexually. Some of these sexually transmitted HPV types are harmless and cause no symptoms at all, and you might never know that you have HPV.

About a dozen HPV types (including types 16, 18, 31 and 45) can cause cervical cancer and other less common cancers, such as cancers of the vulva, vagina, anus, and penis.

The types of HPV that can cause genital warts are not the same as the types that can cause cancer.

HPV types are often referred to as “low-risk” (wart-causing) or “high-risk” (cancer-causing), based on whether they put a person at risk for cancer. In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears the HPV infection naturally within two years. This is true of both high-risk and low-risk types.

Genital warts usually appear as small bumps or groups of bumps, usually in the genital area. They can be raised or flat, single or multiple, small or large, and sometimes cauliflower shaped. They can appear on the vulva, in or around the vagina or anus, on the cervix, and on the penis, scrotum, groin, or thigh. Warts may appear within weeks or months after sexual contact with an infected person. Or, they may not appear at all. If left untreated, genital warts may go away, remain unchanged, or increase in size or number. They will not turn into cancer.

Cervical cancer does not have symptoms until it is quite advanced. For this reason, it is important for women to get screened regularly for cervical cancer. Other less common HPV-related cancers, such as cancers of the vulva, vagina, anus and penis, also may not have signs or symptoms until they are advanced.

Over 100 different HPV types have been identified and are referred to by number. Types 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, and 68 are "high-risk" sexually transmitted HPVs and may lead to the development of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN), penile intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN), and/or anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN).

DiseaseHPV type
Common warts2, 7
Plantar warts1, 2, 4
Flat warts3, 10
Anogenital warts6, 11, 42, 43, 44, 55 and others
Genital cancers16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51
Epidermodysplasia verruciformismore than 15 types
Focal epithelial hyperplasia (oral)13, 32
Oral papillomas6, 7, 11, 16, 32

We encourage you to learn about HPV and its related health issues, including vaccines currently being marketed, and to contact a qualified health care or homeopathic professional. You need to carefully read all the information you can about your various options, and make your own determination of what is best for you and your body; remembering that what works for one person may not work for the next person.

More information can be found at:

  1. American Social Health Association (ASHA) - Since 1914 the American Social Health Association has been committed to educating the public about STDs. On this site you will find accurate and reliable information about all kinds of STDs, including Herpes and HPV.
  2. Center for Disease Control (CDC) - Regarding HPV, the CDC says, " Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). The virus infects the skin and mucous membranes. There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of men and women, including the skin of the penis, vulva (area outside the vagina), and anus, and the linings of the vagina, cervix, and rectum. You cannot see HPV. Most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it. "
  3. Web MD - A page with lots of information about HPV

Help is available Monday - Friday, all times Eastern Standard
ASHA's Helpline is (919) 361-8488 and is open 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The CDC National STD Hotline is (800) 227-8922 and is open 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.