HPV or human papilloma is a viral infection, which is common among the general population. The main mode of transmission is through sexual activity. Because it is often asymptomatic, most patients are unaware they have been infected. It’s important to have regular checkups with the OB/GYN team at Galasso, Hirsch & Russell M.D.s, PC, in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Call the clinic today, or book an appointment online.
Fortunately, most strains of HPV will clear spontaneously and do not lead to serious health problems. Currently, a vaccine is available to prevent HPV infection caused by the most common strains, particularly the ones that have been linked to cervical cancer. If during an exam a pap smear reveals abnormal cells and the presence of HPV, a follow up colposcopy will be recommended.