What are the etiologic characteristics of human papillomaviruses (HPVs)?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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The nearly 40 types of HPV that have been found in genital warts [14] are highly host-specific. These viruses do not infect laboratory animals and are not susceptible to acyclovir. In addition, HPV types demonstrate a high degree of site specificity, with some types only found on certain parts of the skin or mucous membranes. As a rule, HPV types causing common warts of the skin do not infect moist epithelium, and vice versa.


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