There are two factors affecting your response to an HPV infection: The type of virus you have and your immune system.
For most individuals, their immune system successfully defends against the infection and lesions never happen. For others, the infected cells may grow abnormally, the human papillomavirus begins to reproduce, but even then, there are many factors that have to come into play for this scenario to happen.
Not all types of HPV cause cancer. There are low risk and high risk types:
This is why it’s a good idea to discuss having an HPV test with your doctor so that you can figure out which type you have.
There are years, sometimes decades, between HPV infection and the diagnosis of cancer. Precancerous lesions typically precede cancer and this is why it’s important to get regular check ups. If your doctor does an examination and finds precancerous lesions, which have no symptoms and can only be discovered via medical examination, then they can be treated before they develop. An HPV test is one of the best ways you can get ahead of a possible cancer diagnosis.
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