Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)JAMA A virus that is the cause of warts of the hands and feet as well as lesions of the mucous membranes of the oral, anal, and genital cavities. More than 50 types of HPV have been identified, some of which are associated with cancerous and precancerous conditions. The virus can be transmitted through sexual contact and is a precursor to cancer of the cervix. There is no specific cure for an HPV infection, but the virus often can be controlled by podophyllin (medicine derived from the roots of the plant Podophyllum peltatum) or interferon, and the warts can be removed by cryosurgery, laser treatment, or conventional surgery. See also Cervical Cancer; Condyloma.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV):SFAF
a papovavirus, many strains of which
cause warts, including the sexually transmitted disease Condylomata acuminata
(genital warts). Certain strains of HPV (e.g., 16, 18) are associated
with cervical, anal and oral cancer.
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