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Top Ten Facts To Know About HPV and Cervical Cancer

January 04, 2018

Top Ten Facts To Know About HPV and Cervical Cancer

HPV is common

More than 79 million Americans in the United States are affected with HPV at some point of their lifetime. HPV is more common in sexually active individuals.  

Different types of HPV

There are different types of HPV that are linked to cervical cell changes if not detected early. Women are at a higher risk for cervical cancer. HPV can also cause cancer of the vagina, vulva, penis, anus, and throat. HPV infections are harmless and mostly cleared out of the body within a year or two.

HPV Vaccines

The HPV vaccine will help prevent infection and can reduce the risk of a certain HPV type that can lead to cervical cancer and other types that can lead to genital warts. The CDC or the Center of Disease Control recommends both girls and boys to get the HPV vaccine starting at the age of 11. The vaccine is available through age 26. The vaccine produces a stronger immune response when it is taken during the preteen years and can only have a full three dose series.

HPV Transmission

HPV is usually passed from genital-to-genital and genital-to-anal contact. The virus can be transmitted by oral to genital contact. Studies have shown male and female condoms can reduce transmission of HPV.

Testing

A pap test is used to find cervical cell changes that are caused by HPV. The pap test can also be used to find the virus and help healthcare providers know which women are at a higher risk for cervical cancer.

Treatment

There is currently no treatment for the virus; however, healthcare providers have plenty of options to treat diseases caused by the HPV.

Relationships

HPV symptoms can take weeks, months, or even years after the exposure for the individual to develop symptoms from the virus.

Pregnancy

A pregnant woman with HPV normally does not get affected by the virus. These women almost always have natural deliveries and healthy babies. It is rare for babies to develop HPV from the mother after it was born.

Emotions

Having HPV is normal and does not mean anything is wrong with you. It can be upsetting after a diagnosis, just remember there are 14 million new HPV infections in the united states every year.

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The American Sexual Health Associated and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition have online support and communities where thousands of users find information and support they need.

 

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