HPV and You

HPV is (definition)

CDC: HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). HPV is a different virus than HIV and HSV (herpes). HPV is so common that nearly all sexually-active men and women get it at some point in their lives. There are many different types of HPV. Some types can cause health problems including genital warts and cancers. But there are vaccines that can stop these health problems from happening.

How: You can get HPV by having sex with someone who is infected with HPV. This disease is spread easily during anal or vaginal sex, and it can also be spread through oral sex or other close skin-to-skin touching during sex. HPV can be spread even when an infected person has no visible signs or symptoms.

Spread by: sexual contact(skin to skin)-some preventable by vaccines (three shots, once-6 months) -can’t be cured, but treatment is available, labs and testing  often required.

Excerpt: What The Heck Is HPV? pt 1

Preventative Measures:   The US vaccine series requires three shots given over six months, using protection i.e Latex condoms, dental dams, and talk to your health care provider about optional protective measures.  Because every year, about 1700 women and around 9000 men are affected and though talking about sex and protection is a taboo, STI’s like HPV is real and talking to your health care provider and asking questions about your sexual health  is another way to protect yourself and your body.

Planned Parenthood is a great resource, they have a step by step. They share the causes symptoms and  treatment.https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/stds-hiv-safer-sex/hpv

Though you HPV has in a way been marketed as a “woman’s issue” HPV is also common in men: Men HPV Fact Sheet: http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv-and-men.htm

Most men who get HPV never develop symptoms and the infection usually goes away completely by itself. However, if HPV does not go away, it can cause genital warts or certain kinds of cancer.

Remember to talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions about HPV or any other STI, the more you know.

Additional Resources

American Sexual Health Association: http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/stdsstis/hpv/

HPV Test: http://www.thehpvtest.com/

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