High-risk HPV (human papillomavirus) often has no visible symptoms. However, when high-risk HPV is present for a long time, it can cause changes in the cells of the cervix, which may develop into cancer if left untreated.
Here are some symptoms of high-risk HPV that may occur:
- Abnormal Pap test results: A Pap test is a screening test used to detect abnormal cells in the cervix. If the results are abnormal, it could be a sign of high-risk HPV.
- Genital warts: Some types of high-risk HPV can cause genital warts. These warts may appear as small, raised bumps or clusters of bumps.
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding: If you experience bleeding between periods, after sex, or after menopause, it could be a symptom of high-risk HPV.
- Pain during sex: Some people with high-risk HPV may experience pain during sex.
- Pelvic pain: In some cases, high-risk HPV may cause pelvic pain or discomfort.
It’s important to note that many people with high-risk HPV don’t experience any symptoms at all. That’s why it’s important to get regular Pap tests and HPV tests if you’re sexually active, especially if you’re over 30 years old. If you have concerns about high-risk HPV, speak with your healthcare provider.