HPV Management Specialist

Estelle Archer, MD

Gynecologists located in Amarillo, TX

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and affects 79 million Americans. If it goes undetected, HPV can cause cervical cancer but is easily treated when caught early. At her self-titled practice in Amarillo, Texas, Estelle Archer, MD, FACOG, offers the Gardasil vaccine to prevent HPV and removes precancerous cervical cells caused by HPV. Call today to get tested for HPV, or book an appointment online.

HPV Management Q & A

What is HPV?

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and one of the main causes of cervical cancer in women. It can also lead to anal, penis, oral, and throat cancers. HPV is spread by having unprotected sexual intercourse with an HPV-infected person.

What are the symptoms of HPV?

Numerous strains of HPV exist, and not all are associated with symptoms. In fact, you might not experience symptoms if you have high-risk HPV, which is a strain that can cause cancer. Low-risk HPV is associated with warts on your genital region or other areas of your body.

How is HPV spread?

HPV is spread by sexual activity with an infected partner, including:

  • Vaginal intercourse
  • Anal intercourse
  • Oral sex

Because it’s so common, many people who are sexually active contract HPV. Your chances of getting it to increase if you have sex with multiple partners or have sex with someone who’s had multiple partners.

What is the treatment for HPV?

The treatment for HPV depends on the strain you have. Dr. Archer can:

  • Remove genital warts caused by HPV
  • Recommend prescription or over-the-counter products that remove warts or strengthen your immune system
  • Surgically remove precancerous and cancerous cervical cells caused by HPV

Your body can sometimes clear the HPV virus before it contributes to health problems. For example, high-risk HPV might go away on its own after one to two years without causing cancer.

How can I prevent HPV and cervical cancer?

The best way to prevent HPV and cervical cancer associated with it is to avoid sexual activity or be in a monogamous sexual relationship with just one partner. Other ways to protect against HPV and cervical cancer include:

  • Wear a condom during sexual activity
  • Receive the Gardasil vaccine to prevent HPV
  • Get screened for HPV and cervical cancer during regular pelvic exams

HPV screening is important for your health if you’re sexually active, as cervical cancer is highly treatable when caught in its early stage. To schedule your next pelvic exam and get screened for HPV and cervical cancer, call Dr. Archer’s office today, or book an appointment online.