High-risk HPV (Human Papillomavirus) refers to a type of HPV that has been associated with an increased risk of developing certain types of cancers, including cervical cancer, as well as anal, vaginal, vulvar, penile, and oropharyngeal cancers.
High-risk HPV strains can cause abnormal changes in the cells of the affected area, which may progress to cancer if left untreated. These changes may be detected through a Pap smear or HPV test. It is important to note that not all high-risk HPV infections lead to cancer, and most cases of HPV infection clear up on their own without causing any problems.
Preventive measures such as vaccination, safe sex practices, and regular screening tests can help reduce the risk of HPV infection and its associated health problems. If you suspect that you may have been exposed to HPV or are experiencing symptoms, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and treatment.