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What are the symptoms of HPV?

Page last updated 21 June 2018

HPV infection is usually diagnosed by the presence of genital warts.

However, HPV infection is often subclinical (no symptoms present). Other symptoms include: 

  • Warts, including genital, plantar, flat and common warts 
  • respiratory papillomatosis (warts/growths in the upper airway causing breathing difficulties and voice changes)
  • pre-cancerous cellular changes and cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and the oral cavity.

Sources & Citations

  1. Australian Government. Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. 4.6 Human papillomavirus. Available at: http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home~handbook10part4~handbook10-4-6 (accessed 15 April 2018).
  2. Queensland State Government Health. Human papillomavirus (HPV). Available at: http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/condition/14/217/80/human-papilloma-virus-hpv (accessed 15 April 2018)

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0131a - Date of preparation May 2018

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