9 Things You Should Know (as A Woman) about HPV

9 Things You Should Know (as A Woman) about HPV

Human papillomavirus or also known as HPV is a rather common decease than you think. It is also the main cause for cervical cancer. Here are the top 9 things you should know about HPV:

  1. HPV contains more than 150 viruses and 40 of them are transmitted sexually. 8 out of 10 women who are sexually active will carry HPV at some point in their life (especially late teens or early 20s).
  1. HPV viruses can be passed back and forth between partners. Condoms greatly help prevent HPV but they are not guaranteed because the viruses maybe located on the skin that is not protected by condoms.
  2. There is currently no cure for HPV viruses. However, there are topical treatments to significantly reduce severity as well as subside outbreaks on the market (VidaroX, H-warts, or Walgreens Clotrimazole).
  3. It is currently unidentified that if a person has certain types of HPV would always be the carrier of those viruses. Researches have shown that many types of HPV would go away on its own due to the immune system, or just simply don’t surface within one or two years. Once the HPV virus is gone, the person would usually not contract that type of HPV virus again, but you can still get infected by others. Some HPV viruses can persist for years.
  4. 99.1% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV viruses. According to NIH report in 2010, there were more than 12,000 women in the U.S were diagnosed with cervical cancer and one third of those would die from it. It is a serious matter and you should get yourself checked periodically to start treatment as soon as possible if you have cervical cancer.
  5. International Journal of Cancer also states that HPV viruses not only account for cervical cancers, but also accounts for 5% of all cancers.
  6. There are lots of myths about HPV infection that you need to be informed. Abortion, being unclean, rough sex, sex during periods don’t increase the chance of getting HPV. The viruses also don’t affect your pregnancy nor the likelihood of getting pregnant. Cervical changes treatment due to HPV viruses also don’t affect them as well.
  7. Since HPV viruses sometimes take years to surface, it is possible to pass the viruses to your partner or vice versa without knowing it. It is advised that if one person have HPV, then the other should definitely get checked. Because of said reason, there is no way to know for sure you get you infected with the HPV viruses. Women over the age of 30 are recommended to have get HPV screening tests to prevent further damages of possible cervical cancer.
  8. There is no approved test for males at the moment for HPV. If you are infected, be calm and let your partner know that HPV is very common among people who are sexually active.

 

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