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A pregnant woman who has human papillomavirus (HPV) is more
likely to develop
genital warts than a woman with HPV who is not
Treatment may be recommended to prevent complications during
the pregnancy. The following treatments are safe for a pregnant woman who has
During a vaginal delivery, a woman can transmit the HPV
infection to her baby, although this is very rare. The baby may develop growths
in his or her throat (laryngeal papillomas) rather than genital warts. Because
HPV can be present but not active (latent), it is possible for warts that were
transmitted during delivery to appear up to 3 years after the baby is born.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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