The HPV – Human Papilloma Virus is generally transmitted sexually (ETS), and it affect both men and women. Some medical experts claim that HPV virus is responsible for cervical cancer, penis cancer, mouth cancer and anus cancer. Continue reading and learn how to protect yourself from this dangerous virus. As we said before, today we will show you the most important fact you should know about the dangerous “HPV” Human Papilloma Virus that attacks both men and women. You have to learn how to prevent it, to know the symptoms and, what you need to do in case you get it. First of all, you need to know that the human papilloma virus (HPV) is in fact a group of viruses that can affect the human skin, and there are more than 100 different types of this virus. This is explained by the National Cervical Cancer Coalition of the United States – NCCC. In reality, certain types of HPV can cause common warts on the hands and the feet. Most types of HPV are harmless, they do not cause any symptoms, and they disappear on their own.
Around 40 types of HPV are known as genital HPV since they affect the genital area. Even 80% of males and females might be infected with at least one type of genital HPV eventually.Genital HPV types might be high-risk types which can cause cervical cancer and pre-cancer or low-risk types which can cause genital warts and typically benign changes in the cervix. HPV is spread through direct skin to skin contacteasily. Any person who has any type of sexual activity that involves genital contact could get genital HPV. That means that it’s possible to get the virus without having intercourse. And, since many people who have HPV might not show any signs or symptoms, they will possibly transmit the virus without even knowing it. Someone can be infected with more than one type of HPV. The medical experts claim that lots of people get their first type of HPV infection within their first several years of becoming sexually active.
10 FACTS ABOUT HPV YOU NEED TO KNOW IN ORDER TO STAY HEALTHY:
- As we mentioned before the HPV can be easily spread through direct skin to skin contact, and penetration is not necessary. Anyone who has any type of sexual activity that involves genital contact could get genital HPV.
- Since HPV infection does not usually show any signs or symptoms, you probably won’t know that you have it. Lots of people can get HPV and pass it on without even knowing it. However, our body is responsible for fighting infectionsby the immune system. And, since many people who have HPV might not show any signs or symptoms, they can transmit the virus without even knowing it.
- Yet, most of the HPV types will not harm your health, but, you need to know that the so-called “high risk” will possibly change the cell structure of the cervix and will become cervical cancer. For women who don’t clear the “low-risk” types of the virus, it can develop benign (abnormal but non-cancerous) changes in the cervix.
- As the latest statistics show, women who are infected with the HPV (high-risk), in the next 10 – 20 years have high chances to develop cervical cancer. This is the reason why all women are advised (and women who are no longer sexually active), to continue performing their routine gynecological exams.
- For women older than 30 years, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition suggests to do the Pap smear test. The Pap smear or ‘Pap test’ can detect abnormal cells in the cervix which may lead to cervical cancer.
- You also need to know that infections in women older than 30 years are less possible to be cured by the body, in a natural way. Therefore, they have to visit the gynecologist and get a proper treatment.
- According to the US National Library of Medicine the cervical cancer can be prevented by 100 %, but only if discovered in early stage.
- Condoms for males can help reduce the risk of contact, and the female condoms cover much more than the male condoms.Still, they just reduce the risk of getting infected. Neither of these two types of condoms can entirely eliminate the risk of infection.
- The human Papilloma Virus type 16 is associated with particular types of head and neck cancer.
- As the latest statistics show, around 30 % of oral carcinomas are related to HPV.
Therefore, the best way to prevent this type of infection is to get tests regularly. Make sure you consult your doctor first, since this virus can be really dangerous.