Since HPV is a leading cause of cervical cancer, getting tested for and vaccinated against HPV can be especially beneficial in protecting your reproductive health. OB/GYN Alice Yung, MD, offers HPV vaccines and effective testing at her private practice in Pasadena, California. Dr. Yung works with you to take care of your health and offers innovative preventive care measures to keep you as healthy as possible. Schedule your personal consultation over the phone today.
HPV, or the human papillomavirus, is an umbrella term for more than 100 interrelated viruses. About 40 different types are transmitted through sexual contact and affect the anogenital region. Some sexually transmitted HPV types are “low risk” and can cause benign diseases such as genital warts. Some are “high risk” and can cause abnormal cells or cancer in the cervix, other genital parts, and anus.
The symptoms of HPV vary depending on the infection. One of the most common visible signs of HPV is warts — small white or flesh-colored bumps that can grow on the genitals or other parts of the body.
In some cases, your immune system successfully fights off the infection and warts don’t have a chance to develop.
HPV usually enters the body through skin-to-skin contact or through a small cut or abrasion in the skin. Genital HPV infections are transmitted through sexual activity.
HPV, or human papillomavirus, screening can be performed at the same time as your Pap test. Screening for HPV is another effective method to help prevent cervical cancer since HPV is a leading cause of cervical cancer.
The HPV vaccine is an immunization against HPV to protect you from cervical cancer. Dr. Yung provides the HPV vaccine quickly and conveniently in the office.
A vaccine trains your immune system to recognize and fight pathogens. Certain molecules (antigens) from the pathogens are introduced into your body via injection to trigger an immune response and the production of antibodies.
The HPV vaccine involves a simple injection into your arm. The HPV vaccine is recommended for females and males ages 9 to 45. Dr. Yung gives you helpful information on the HPV vaccine and HPV screening during your visit.
Dr. Yung can help protect you from cervical cancer and lower your health risks. Call to book your personal consultation today.