The medical staff at GYN Emergent Care Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of many different health conditions, including HPV. The facility serves the Long Beach area, as well as many other Southern California communities.
When a patient is diagnosed with HPV, they have four primary treatment options available. The abnormal cells can be destroyed through the use of cryotherapy (or freezing the tissues) or lasers can be used to burn the tissues away. A conization procedure is used when several layers of the cervix need to be removed. The LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) can be used to cut away only the areas of tissue that are affected. Certain types of abnormal cells will disappear on their own. The doctor may recommend waiting a week or two and then re-examine the area. If the abnormal cells are still present, then a more extensive procedure will be ordered.
Is the HPV Vaccine Effective?
The HPV vaccine works much like vaccines used to keep children from getting polio or measles. It has been proven to be effective in keeping the human papillomavirus at bay and preventing infections. There are several different types of the HPV virus. The vaccine is designed to protect young women and men from contracting the HPV virus through various types of sexual activity. The virus has been almost 100% effective at reducing the occurrence of the infection in individuals who have received it. Receiving the vaccine not only reduces the risk of contracting the infection, it also dramatically reduces the person's risk of being diagnosed with other health conditions associated with the virus.
What Happens if HPV is Left Untreated?
If a person has the HPV and does not seek treatment, many different health conditions can result. The disruption in cell function in the cervix can lead to cervical dysplasia, cervical cancer, an outbreak of genital warts, vaginal and anal lesions, and many other issues related to the reproductive system. If a person is experiencing a visible outbreak of any type of symptom, the virus is active and can spread easily from person to person. The condition may lay dormant for periods of time and may mislead the person into believing the infection is gone. It is essential that if a person believes they have HPV or a related condition, to seek treatment immediately.