We already brought you part one of this list of facts about HPV, or the human papillomavirus. We learned that there are many different types of this virus and that no tests exist for men. Here is part two of our list.
Number Eight: Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms, You’re Contagious
If you’ve been infected with the virus but don’t observe any symptoms, you can still spread the virus to sexual partners. This can happen regardless of whether you’ve ever seen symptoms in yourself.
Number Seven: Genital Warts are the Most Easily Recognizable Symptom of HPV
Since there are so many different types of the virus, it can be hard to tell what to look for. Genital warts appear if you have contracted a particular type of HPV and the virus is active within your body.
Number Six: Infections Without Warts Are Typically Associated With Cancer
A lot of people contract this disease and never get genital warts. The ones that do not have warts as a symptom are associated most commonly with cancerous changes in the cervical area, which means getting diagnosed is of utmost importance.
Number Five: Staggering Numbers
About half of men and women who have been sexually active in their lives will get an HPV infection at some point. By the age of 50, up to 80% of women will have acquired one strain of the virus.
Number Four: The Second Leading Cause of Cancer Deaths
Each year in the United States, 10,000 women will get cancer of the cervix, and almost 4,000 of them will die as a result. This is the second leading cause of death related to cancer among women in the world.
Number Three: The Vaccine Only Works Before Infection
It doesn’t help to get vaccinated after you’ve already become sexually active. It also doesn’t work if you’ve already had the virus although it may decrease your risk of contracting separate strains.
Number Two: Typically, It Does Not Affect a Developing Fetus
Mothers-to-be who have this virus may be concerned about their unborn baby. However, there is typically little risk of the disease harming the child.
Number One: Early Sexual Activity Increases Risk
If you become sexually active before the age of 18, you are at a higher risk of contracting HPV. Hopefully, you found part two of our list informative and learned some things from it. Thanks for reading!