HPV Specialist

Richard Bardowell, MD -  - OB-GYN

Richard Bardowell, MD

OB-GYN located in Burbank, CA

HPV (human papillomavirus) is a family of viruses that can cause genital warts. Dr. Bardowell uses advanced testing to diagnose HPV, as well as state-of-the-art treatments to minimize symptoms and help women enjoy optimal health and wellness.

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Q & A

What is human papillomavirus, or HPV?

HPV is the most common STD in the U.S., affecting almost every sexually-active adult at some point in time. There are actually more than three dozen types of HPV, and while some clear up on their own – which means you probably won't even know you're infected – other types can cause genital warts or increase the likelihood of cervical cancer. HPV can also cause symptoms to develop in the mouth and throat.

Is HPV the same as herpes?

No, HPV and herpes are two different types of viruses, and each requires a specific type of treatment.

Is there any way to prevent HPV?

Other than total abstinence, the best way to prevent the type of HPV that causes genital warts and cancer is to be vaccinated before you become sexually active.

Can HPV be cured?

No, currently there is no cure for HPV; however, there are treatments available that can help reduce or manage symptoms. First of all, when HPV is present and does not clear on its own, Dr. Bardowell may recommend frequent pelvic exams to monitor for abnormal changes that could indicate cervical cancer. For genital warts, Dr. Bardowell offers different minimally-invasive procedures to remove warts and reduce the chances of transmission. Some of those procedures include cryosurgery or electrocautery, loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), or laser treatments. Dr. Bardowell will discuss your treatment options with you during your exam.

How can I tell if I have a “bad” kind of HPV?

HPV is detected during a Pap smear. If the virus is detected, a small sample of tissue (biopsy) can be taken and examined in a lab to identify the type of HPV that's present. Biopsies are performed in the office during a very simple procedure that's similar to a regular pelvic exam and Pap smear.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept most PPO plans, including the following insurance for both current and new patients. Please contact your insurance plan for specific coverage information by calling the telephone number listed on your insurance identification card.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield
Health Net
Medi-Cal (OB Only)