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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Santa Monica, CA

The most common sexually transmitted disease is the human papillomavirus or HPV. There are many types of the virus, and some can cause genital warts. Other types of HPV can cause cancer. Over 79 million Americans have the virus, with people in their late teens and early twenties making up the majority of those affected.

HPV vaccines can prevent some of the health problems caused by the virus. HPV can cause cervical cancer, cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis or anus. These can be avoided by getting the HPV vaccine early, by 11 or 12 years of age, and by age 26 for those who have not been vaccinated. Women from ages 21 to 65 are advised to get screened for cervical cancer routinely.

There is no cure for HPV; however, there is treatment for the warts it can cause. Warts will often disappear on their own, but they can reappear in the same or different area. Some over-the-counter treatments are available, like salicylic acid for common warts. Other treatments are prescribed by your doctor.

Surgical removal of warts may be recommended if they do not respond to medication. Cryotherapy, or freezing warts with liquid nitrogen, is one method. They can also be burned off with an electrical current or laser surgery can be used.

Women will need an examination of the cervix if the Pap test comes back positive or the HPV test is abnormal. Any areas that look abnormal will be biopsied and checked for precancerous conditions. Removal of precancerous lesions is advised.

Health Problems Caused by HPV

Cervical cancer and genital warts are health problems caused by HPV. Thousands of people get genital warts from this virus, although the numbers have greatly decreased thanks to the HPV vaccine. According to the CDC, about one-tenth of sexually active American adults will have genital warts at any given time.

Cervical cancer is a more serious condition that can be brought on by HPV. Annually, about 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed. Even with screening and treatment, over 4,000 women die annually from this type of cancer.

Other cancers caused by HPV affect women and men. About 19,000 women and 12,100 men are diagnosed, and these are the people who were diagnosed and treated for genital warts. There are many others who may have HPV-related cancers who are undiagnosed.

Find out more about HPV and its prevention and diagnosis. Contact Dr. Michael and schedule an appointment for screening and information.

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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