HPV, or the human papillomavirus is a group of viruses which consists of over 100 different strains. It’s one of the most common STDs in the world. There’s a lot to be informed about when it comes to this topic, so here are some facts about it.
Number Fifteen: Not All HPV Can Cause Cancer
Although the virus can lead to anal, cervical, or vulvar cancers, not all strains include these risks. In fact, only 30% of HPV types are sexually transmitted.
Number Fourteen: You’re at Risk Even With Protected Sex
Condoms lower your risk of getting the virus, but it does not completely eliminate risk. If there’s any skin to skin contact in a sexual situation, you can become infected.
Number Thirteen: Men Cannot Be Screened For It
Pap tests allow HPV to be diagnosed in females. However, no FDA-approved screenings exist for males.
Number Twelve: No Treatment Options Exist Yet
Doctors and other healthcare providers are able to treat lesions and genital warts that may result from the virus. There is no treatment available for the disease itself, though, which will hopefully change soon.
Number Eleven: Most People Don’t Have Symptoms
It’s possible to have this virus and never know it, as most people who get it will never exhibit symptoms. In fact, it’s possible to have HPV and never develop health issues at all.
Number Ten: Even if You Get a Vaccine, You Still Need Checkups
A lot of people think that once they get vaccinated for this virus, they’re in the clear. Unfortunately, that is not the case. You still need to get pap smears to screen for HPV since the vaccines only cover a couple of high-risk strains of the disease.
Number Nine: Your Immune System Usually Gets Rid of It
This is good news for most sufferers. In 90% of cases of infection, the person’s natural immunity will be able to fight the infection off within only a couple of years. Hopefully, you found this article interesting and informative. We have more to share on the topic, coming soon in part two of this list of facts about HPV.