High risk HPV strains have more far reaching health implications than low risk types,
and are the cause of precancerous and cancerous lesions of the cervix.
Patients do not usually present with symptoms, and are diagnosed as a
result of an abnormal pap smear. 99.7% of cervical cancers are
caused by high risk types of HPV.
The most common types of high risk HPV are types 16 and 18.
Wendy Fried, M.D., FACOG, FACS,
is an OB/Gyn with Northern Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC in North Hills, New York
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