Sorry to be the one to break it to you, but odds are you either have, have had, or will have at least one type of HPV at some point in your life. And I don't just mean cis women—I'm talking all sexually active people.
Controversy has followed human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines such as Gardasil since their introduction. This is despite study after study that have confirmed their safety and efficacy. Most of this controversy is based not on the real, documented effects of the vaccine; controversy has ridden in on the wave of the anti-vaccine movement. There is little debate among doctors about the benefits of the shot. Doctors reading the anti-vaccination propaganda quickly find themselves falling down the rabbit hole into a Wonderland of religious puritanism, alternative medicine sales pitches and conspiracy theories. Let's unwrap some of this.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with HPV, it’s important to first take a deep breath! While HPV may sound scary, it’s actually fairly common. Experts estimate that about 80 percent of adults in the United States will eventually get HPV during their lives.
But if you test positive for a high-risk strain of HPV, it does mean there is potential risk in developing cervical cancer, which should be monitored.
The most common sexually transmitted infection is becoming even more widespread in part thanks to the rise in popularity of oral sex.
About 40 strains of HPV are transmitted through direct contact with infected skin or mucous membranes during vaginal, anal and oral sex. Many sexually active people are exposed to the virus by their early 20s, indicating that it is hardly only a risk for people who engage in promiscuous sex.
Stop right now. Look around you. Do you have five people around you? If not picture you and four friends. Of this group of five individuals four of you will contract at least one strand of HPV during your life. That is right. Eighty percent of you will contract HPV. You could ask those same individuals you are around if they know what HPV is and I’d venture to say no one really knows; they might remember something about a shot, they might have heard something about it jokingly in a television show or movie, but can they describe what it is and why it is an issue? Mostly likely not.
Regardless of whether or not you're vaccinated, however, HPV is not usually a major problem. That woman who was certain her diagnosis was a one-way ticket to cancer? It's not. While HPV is linked to various cancers of the cervix, anus, penis, vagina, vulva, and head/neck, most people will never develop an HPV-related cancer. If you're diagnosed, try to stay calm, ask your doctor questions, and follow their recommendations.
HPV is a ubiquitous virus, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. About 40 strains of the virus are sexually transmitted, and virtually all sexually active individuals are exposed to it by their early 20s.
Genital warts, sometimes referred to as condyloma acuminata, are flesh-colored or gray growths found in the genital area and anal region of both men and women. They represent the most common sexually-transmitted disease caused by a virus. The warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
In the early 1970's, HPV received a great deal of media attention when Harald zur Hausen first postulated its ability to cause the second most common cancer in women...cervical cancer. Now, who gets the HPV vaccine has become the overriding issue, especially if its your kid!
Persistent HPV infections are now recognized as the major cause of cervical cancer. In 2007, it was estimated that 11,000 women in the United States would be diagnosed with this type of cancer and nearly 4,000 would die from it. Cervical cancer strikes nearly half a million women each year worldwide, claiming a quarter of a million lives.
Bad news on HPV: it now seems to be the leading cause of throat cancer in men. Worse news: it may be spread by kissing.
More than three times as many men than women in the U.S. have oral infections with human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus responsible for causing 31,500 new cancers every year, found a new study. And the HPV strain responsible for the vast majority of HPV-related cancers in the U.S. occurred orally six times more often in men than in women, researchers learned.
A study published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, validates a non-invasive screening method with future potential for detection of human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive head and neck cancers.
The incidence of head and neck cancer is going down. The bad news is another type of head and neck cancer is on the rise and is related to a common STD...HPV the same virus implicated in cervical cancer. Could oral sex play a role?
First, something that isn’t a myth: There’s a pretty good chance you’ll contract HPV within your lifetime.
Diagnoses like HPV can be complicated, and also unfairly laden with stigma. Research shows that shame and fear surrounding sexual health issues can be a barrier to testing and management.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Experts say that educating yourself can help take the scariness out of an HPV diagnosis and help you manage your health.
This website contains usefull information on HPV facts, treatment and prevention. All of your questions about this virus will be answered! Knowledge is power and this is more true today than ever before.
According to the CDC at least 20 million people in the USA are infected with Hpv. Many of whom are infected with the strains that cause Genital Warts and cervical cancer. At least half of the US population will acquire Hpv and Genital Warts by the time they reach 50 years of age and 80% of women will be infected with Genital Warts by the end of there life time.
Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). The virus infects the skin and mucous membranes. There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of men and women, including the skin of the penis, vulva (area outside the vagina), and anus, and the linings of the vagina, cervix, and rectum.
GARDASIL is the only cervical cancer vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of human papillomavirus (HPV): 2 types that cause 70% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases. GARDASIL is for girls and young women ages 9 to 26.
Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are common viruses that can cause warts. There are more than 100 types of HPV. Most are harmless, but about 30 types put you at risk for cancer. These types affect the genitals and you get them through sexual contact with an infected partner.