OK - I'm REALLY confused, and I can't find anything on this site, OR the web anywhere. Someone in this post section asked about warts and HSV and the reply was "If you have warts, you have HPV", yet in the same reply they said "HSV is responsible for causing warts". Whats the difference between the two? Does HPV always mean it's genital, or vice versa?
Yeah, there was some confusion about all that. HSV, or herpes simplex virus, does NOT cause warts. Genital warts result from "low risk" types of HPV, and about 90% of all genital warts are associated with just two HPV types.
So, a diagnosis of genital warts is a presumptive diagnosis of "low risk" HPV which, as the name implies, is rarely dangerous and most often clears naturally over time. There are treatment options available to remove warts.
Even "high risk" HPV types, most often associated with the cervix and abnormal Pap tests, are seldom dangerous and usually clear on their own.
Hope this helps.