Infection caused by human papillomavirus type 6

What is Human Papillomavirus Type 6?

Human papillomavirus type 6 (HPV 6) is a virus that is most commonly associated with causing genital warts. In less common cases, it can also cause respiratory and other non-genital illnesses. HPV 6 is a major cause of genital infection, with an estimated 20 million individuals currently infected in the United States.

What are the Symptoms of HPV 6?

HPV 6 is known to cause genital warts, as well as other localized infections. Genital warts appear as small bumps on the genitalia and can vary in size, shape, and color. In some cases, they may also cause itching and discomfort. Other possible symptoms of HPV 6 include:

  • Low-grade fever
  • Abnormal vaginal or penile discharge
  • Painful urination
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

Diagnosis and Treatment of HPV 6 Infection

The diagnosis of HPV 6 is made by taking a sample of tissue or fluid from the affected area. This sample can then be tested for the presence of the virus. If the virus is detected, the physician may order a variety of tests to help confirm the diagnosis and assess the severity of the infection. Treatment will depend on the severity of the infection and can range from topical medications to surgery.

Prevention of HPV 6 Infection

The best way to prevent an HPV 6 infection is to practice safe sex and use condoms consistently with all partners. In addition, the HPV vaccine is recommended for all individuals ages 9-26 to help reduce the risk of infection and any associated illnesses. Additionally, yearly Pap smears can help detect any abnormal changes that may be due to HPV 6 infection.