Live (Happily) with HPV

Live (Happily) with HPV

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As a 23 year old girl who has overcome and now is living happily with her life despite HPV, let me tell you my experience with living happily even when you have genital warts

If you’re in doubt whether or not you have HPV, you should definitely get yourself checked because there are about 20 million Americans are living with HPV. Most people with the virus will never know they have it because most people’s immune systems are strong enough to keep the virus at bay. With that being said, these advices of mine is for the ones who know they have HPV and currently living with genital warts.

Okay, let’s not wait any longer. Here’s who to live (happily) with genital warts:

1/Encourage your significant other to get vaccinated: Vaccines are usually given as shots in 3 doses and are relatively safe. One should get vaccinated before becoming sexually active.

2/USE CONDOMS: this is probably the most important advice!! HPV is spread through direct contacts therefore using condoms when you have sex (from start to finish) is essential. Studies have shown that consistent use of condoms will significantly reduce your risk for HPV transmission. However, keep in mind that it does not completely rule out the chance of getting infected.

3/Applying topical cream: there are many products out there on the market that you can try out (VidaroX, Podofilox, Imiquimod, etc…). Using these will significantly fasten your healing process and lessen the severity of your outbreaks as well. Keep in mind that you should NOT have sexual activities while having outbreaks.

4/Reaching out to support groups: carrying HPV for me was such a heavy burden that I was extremely depressed and hopeless. Then I decided to reach out for help and not just fight the battle by myself anymore and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. You don’t have to keep it a secret. Accept who you are and reach out for support. There are many support groups that you can search online, and they sometimes even have those locally where you live!

Last but not least, don’t ever let HPV get in your way of being yourself and your own happiness. Accept it as who you really are. It is relatively common as well so you are definitely not on your own in this fight. Be strong!

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