Facts about HPV (human papilloma virus) infection and how it can affect us
Due to the growing number of people in the entire world, as well as the free access to those sites that should not be visited and the sudden change of attitudes of modern generation, young people has become more open and vulnerable to sexual things. As the number of people increases, the number of people who have been affected or suffering from STD or also known as Sexually Transmitted Diseases increases, as well. There are a huge number of diseases that a person can actually acquire from a sexual intercourse and HPV or also known as Human Papillomavirus is one of them.
What is HPV or Human Papillomavirus?
HPV has been known as the most common sexually transmitted infection or also called as STI. However, HPV is a different virus from those HIV and HSV or herpes. There are at least 79 million of Americans, most of them are at a very young age and early 20’s who are suffering and infected with this kind of virus, HPV.
There are numerous kinds of HPV, at least 100 varieties of them and 40 of which can be transmitted through sexual contact and it can also affect your genitals, as well as your mouth or throat. Some kinds of HPV have the ability to cause health problems, which includes genital warts and even cancer. As a matter of fact, two types of it, which is 16 and 18, cause at least 70% of cervical cancers, as well as precancerous cervical lesions. There are also given proofs which connect HPV with the cancers of anus, vulva, vagina and even penis. Fortunately, there are vaccines that can actually help in stopping these health issues from happening.
Learning more about this kind of health issue can actually aid both of men and women on how they could inhibit this from happening in the future, as well as how could they protect themselves from this disease.
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- This is a usual kind of disease
Based on the reports that were published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or also known as CDC, HPV have affected at least 79 million of people already in the United States of America, alone.
HPV has the ability to result from cervical cancer, which has been mentioned earlier and it has been known as the second most common cancer in the entire world. Because it usually happens, it already caused around 274,000 deaths and about 529,000 new cases in the year, 2008.
- It can be transmitted without even having an intercourse
You can actually acquire HPV by simply having vaginal, anal or even oral sex with someone who has this kind of virus. It is more often being spread during vaginal or anal sex. However, let us not ignore the truth that it can also be passed through kissing because HPV can also happen in your mouth. In fact, it can be transmitted even when an infected person has shown no signs or symptoms.
Any person who has been known to be sexually active can acquire HPV, even though you had sex with just one person. You can also develop some symptoms years after you have sex with someone who is already infected by this virus. This reason makes it a lot difficult for you to identify if you have been infected by HPV.
- There is HPV vaccine that is able but it doesn’t have any cure
Just like what we have mentioned earlier, luckily, there is a vaccine for HPV. The genitals warts that were caused by this kind of infection can actually be easily eliminated and cured, however, it does not kill the virus that you have inside your body.
The vaccines that are readily available these days has the ability to aid in lessening the risk of acquiring HPV for both men and women at any age.
- Most of HPV patients do not show any symptoms but few of them does
Most of people do not show any kind of signs or symptoms about this infection and in some cases, they are just being aware about this disease of there is an abnormal results given at their Pap smear.
Nevertheless, there are some cases where symptoms are appearing but people mostly ignore and misunderstood it. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are more than half women who are suffering from genital warts and they have no idea or not even aware that they are already suffering from HPV.
- Some doctors are being skeptical to do HPV testing
Doctors are being doubtful due to the benefits of HPV testing are still unreliable. A lot of people are acquiring this kind of infection that commonly appears in just two years without even showing any complications. Moreover, positive results of HPV testing can actually lead to more suffering and distress than the feeling importance to the person who got infected by it.
- HPV tests are different from men and women
For women out there, HPV can actually be detected if there has been an abnormal result that appeared on their Pap smear. As for most of men, as of the moment, there is still no currently HPV test that is available in order to detect the virus.
Prevention is always better than a cure. You have to be aware about the things that you can actually do in order to prevent this kind of health issue while enjoying every season of your life. You do some things in order to lower you risk of getting HPV.
- Get vaccinated
The HPV vaccine has been known and proven to be safe and effective. It has the ability to protect you against diseases, which includes cancers that was caused by HPV when given in the recommended age groups. CDC or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised 11 to 12 years old to get at least two doses of HPV vaccines in order to protect them from cancers caused by this virus.
- Get screened for cervical cancer
Regular screening for women from ages between 21 to 65 years old can actually help in order to prevent cervical cancer.
- If you are sexually active
- You need to always use latex condoms every time that you about to have an intercourse. This can actually help in lowering your risk of acquiring HPV. However, HPV can still infect the areas that are not covered by the condom. Therefore, condoms may not completely protect you against HPV, but it may somehow help you.
- Be part in a mutually monogamous relationship or have an intercourse only with those people who only have sex with you. Be loyal to your partner and do not make love with a stranger or anyone that you just met somewhere else.