What is Genital Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
The American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 50% of sexually active men and women acquire genital HPV infection at some point of their life, this makes over 6 million new infections each year. Similar results can be found from United Kingdom where the Health Protection Agency (HPA) indicated that in the year 2006 there were 83 745 new cases of genital warts diagnosed. Up to 1 in 4 of young adults has evidence of the HP virus. Majority of the patients will never develop warts. The common belief is that patient’s own immune system will take care of the infection, in 90% of the cases, within two years. However it is also believed that the virus will be dormant after the immune system has taken care of it and the will stay with the person for the rest of their life.