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Human papilloma virus

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Human papilloma virus

(Science: virology) a disease caused by the human papilloma virus characterised by a soft wart-like growth on the genitalia (for example penis, vulva). In adults this infection is most commonly transmitted sexually. Genital warts are very common and are increasing in incidence.

safe sex practices, such as using condoms can help decrease the risk of infection.

treatment includes several topical agents to eradicate the lesions, cryosurgery, laser therapy, electrocauterisation or surgical removal.

See: alternate name condyloma acuminata.

Acronym: HPV