Here we will discuss how herpes and HPV are different from—and similar to—each other.
Symptoms of Herpes and HPV
HPV-- It’s possible to get infected with HPV virus and never realize it. This is because a lot of people don’t show symptoms at all. As there are more than 150 types of HPV, the symptoms that do appear depend on the specific type of HSV a person acquired.
However, warts are a common symptom to look out for. Generally, these warts develop in the genital area and take the form of single growths or growths with a cauliflower-like appearance. Oral HPV causes warts in the throat and mouth region.
Herpes--Similar to HPV, herpes may also not be immediately known via visible symptoms. Oral herpes cause symptoms around the lips and mouth. Genital herpes leads to symptoms showing up around the genitals.
Symptoms of herpes include:
- Redness, itching, swelling on the affected area
- Sores or blisters which start to ooze after some time
- Flu-like symptoms such as headaches and swollen lymph nodes
- Burning sensation when urinating
How Are They Acquired?
Both STIs can be transmitted via skin-to-skin contact including sexual intercourse. Oral herpes and genital herpes can be contracted by kissing, sharing utensils, and oral sex. It is rare for either virus to be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her child.
Sometimes, blood samples or viral cultures are used to perform a thorough diagnosis.
HPV--Tests for HPV may be used during a Pap test. The doctor may also perform a visual exam of warts to diagnose the cause.
Symptoms aren’t always present which makes it easy for the virus to spread. This is why taking careful preventative measures is crucial.
Anyone who is sexually active is at risk of acquiring an STI. We recommend practicing safe sex and being aware of the medical history of your partner (s) to reduce your risk.
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