Which physical findings are characteristic of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Physical findings vary, depending on the tissues involved, and may include the following:

  • Typical condylomata are discrete, papillary, cauliflower-like lesions that involve multiple sites on moist surfaces

  • Keratotic warts are often seen on dry surfaces such as the labia majora

  • Discrete papules 1-3 mm in size can present on the shaft of the penis

  • Cervical intraepithelial lesions may be found upon examination of the cervix

  • Subclinical infection may be present, with tiny, slightly raised areas felt or visualized on the vagina or cervix

See Clinical Presentation for more detail.

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