The HPV – Human Papilloma Virus is mainly transmitted sexually (ETS), and it affect both women and men. The medical experts claim that this virus is responsible for cervical cancer, penis, mouth and anus cancer. Just take a look at the article bellow and learn how to protect yourself from this dangerous virus. As we said, in this article, we are going to mention the most important fact you need to know about the dangerous virus “HPV” Human Papilloma Virus, which attacks both men and women.
You need to learn how to prevent it, know the symptoms and, what you should do in case you get it.
First, you should know that the human papillomavirus (HPV) is actually a group of viruses that can affect the human skin, and there are over 100 different types of this virus. This is explained in the National Cervical Cancer Coalition of the United States – NCCC. In fact, certain types of HPV cause common warts on the hands and feet. Most types of HPV are harmless, do not cause any symptoms, and go away on their own.
About 40 types of HPV are known as genital HPV as they affect the genital area. Up to 80% of females and males will be infected with at least one type of genital HPV at some time. Genital HPV types may be high-risk types that can cause cervical pre-cancer and cancer, or low-risk types that can cause genital warts and usually benign changes in the cervix.
HPV is easily spread through direct skin to skin contact. Anyone who has any kind of sexual activity involving genital contact could get genital HPV. That means it’s possible to get the virus without having intercourse. And, because many people who have HPV may not show any signs or symptoms, they can transmit the virus without even knowing it. A person can be infected with more than one type of HPV. The medical experts claim that many people get their first type of HPV infection within their first few years of becoming sexually active.
Ten Facts About HPV You Should Know So You Can Stay Healthy:
1. As we said the HPV is easily spread through direct skin to skin contact,penetration is not necessary. Anyone who has any kind of sexual activity involving genital contact could get genital HPV.
2. Because HPV infection does not usually show any signs or symptoms, you probably won’t know you have it. Most people can therefore get HPV and pass it on without even knowing it. Well, the human body is responsible for fighting this infection with their own immune system. And, because many people who have HPV may not show any signs or symptoms, they can transmit the virus without even knowing it.
3. Well, most of the HPV types won’t harm your health, but, you should know that the so-called “high risk” can change the cell structure of the cervix and become cervical cancer. For women who don’t clear certain “low-risk” types of the virus, benign (abnormal but non-cancerous) changes in the cervix can develop.
4. According to the latest statistics, women who are infected with the virus HPV (high-risk), have high chances of developing cervical cancer in the next 10 – 20 years. This is why all women are advised (and women who are no longer sexually active), that they should continue performing their routine gynecologic exams.
5. For women over 30 years, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition suggests that they should do the Pap smear test. The Pap smear or ‘Pap test’ is a test that can detect abnormal cells in the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer.
6. You should also know that infections in women older than 30 years are less likely to be cured by the body, in natural way. So, they should visit the gynecologist and get a proper treatment.
7. According to the National Library of Medicine of the United States (US National Library of Medicine) the cervical cancer is 100 percent preventable, but only if it’s discovered in early stage.
8.The male condoms help reduce the risk of contact. And the female condoms cover more than the male condoms, however, they just reduce the risk of infection. Neither of these two types of condoms eliminate the risk of infection completely.
9. The HPV type 16 is associated with some types of head and neck cancer.
10. According to the latest statistics, almost 30 % of oral carcinomas are HPV-related.
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