HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) – Everything You Need To Know
The human papilloma virus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the United States. HPV is so prevalent that almost all sexually active people will be infected at some point in their life. There are more than 100 types of HPV, but only around 40 cause cancer. Most people who get HPV never develop symptoms or health problems from it. Others develop genital warts or cervical cancer, which are both treatable conditions if caught early enough (but not curable).
The good news is that there’s a vaccine available to prevent many types of HPV infection—and because most people who get HPV never develop any symptoms or health problems from it, you can’t tell if someone has been exposed just by looking at them! In this article we’ll talk about what you need to know about HPV, including how it’s transmitted and whether there’s a cure for the virus itself.”
What is HPV?
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. There are more than 100 types of HPV, and around 40 of them can infect the genital areas of males and females. Most people who become infected with HPV do not realize it because there are no symptoms or signs.
HPV spreads through skin-to-skin contact, via body fluids such as blood or semen (and for some types, vaginal secretions). It can be transmitted even if an infected partner has no signs or symptoms. The virus can be passed from one person to another even when an infected person does not have any visible sores or other outward signs of infection (this is called “asymptomatic shedding”).
How is HPV transmitted?
The transmission of HPV can occur through skin-to-skin contact, such as when a person touches a wart or lesion on the genital area of another person. However, it is most commonly transmitted through sexual activity, with vaginal, anal and oral sex being common methods of transmission.
Infection can also occur if you have unprotected sex with someone who has an existing HPV infection.
Is it true that most sexually active people will acquire HPV at some point in their lives?
It’s true that HPV is so common that most sexually active people will acquire it at some point in their lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 14 million people become infected with genital HPV every year. Most of these infections go away on their own or can be treated without causing any harm or health problems, but some types are linked to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus and throat.
While most sexually active men and women have been exposed to HPV at some point in their lives, many don’t know it because most do not develop symptoms related to infection such as warts or lesions.
Can you tell if someone has HPV?
You can’t tell if someone has HPV from the symptoms, physical appearance, smell, taste, sound or touch. The only way to know if you have HPV is to get tested.
If you are sexually active and meet someone new on a date or at a party then you should both be aware that it’s possible that one of you could have HPV. You may want to ask each other before engaging in any kind of sexual activity together – but remember that this doesn’t mean they’ve definitely got it either!
Is there a cure for HPV?
There is no cure for human papillomavirus (HPV). This is because it’s a virus, and viruses don’t go away on their own.
You can manage HPV by getting regular checkups and/or Pap tests to make sure you’re healthy. If you do have HPV, your doctor might recommend treatment such as surgery or laser therapy to remove the affected area of skin.
Will I always have the virus after I get it?
The human papilloma virus (HPV) can be dormant for years before it becomes active and is transmitted to others. It’s important to remember that because the virus never completely goes away, it can be reactivated at any time. That means if you get the HPV vaccine and have sex with someone who has an active infection, your body could become re-infected with different strains of the virus than yours (but still with low risk).
Additionally, even if you don’t have any symptoms of genital warts or cervical cancer right now, a future sexual partner may contract one of these diseases from you. And once a woman is infected with HPV during her lifetime, there isn’t much she can do except wait until she gets her next pap smear screening appointment so her doctor can test for abnormal changes in cervical cells that could lead to cancer later in life.
So how do I know if the virus goes away?
It’s important to understand that HPV is not a simple infection that goes away on its own. It can be cleared by the body’s immune system in some people, but this process can take months or years. The immune system is not always able to clear the virus from the body, resulting in an active infection.
In other words: HPV does not go away on its own and sometimes stays with you for life.
Can the vaccine prevent all types of HPV infections?
The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most commonly cause cervical cancer.
The vaccine does not prevent all types of cervical cancer. The vaccine only prevents cancers caused by HPV infection, and it is possible to get these cancers even if you have had the vaccine.
The vaccine also does not prevent genital warts caused by non-vaccine types of HPV that can be passed on through sexual contact with someone who has the virus.
Is it safe to receive the vaccine if you’ve already been exposed to HPV?
It’s important to understand that the vaccine is not effective for those who have already been infected by a high-risk strain of HPV. However, the CDC still recommends that people receive the vaccine if they’ve already been exposed to HPV. If you’re unsure whether or not you’ve been infected with a high-risk strain of HPV and want to get your child vaccinated, it’s recommended that they wait until they’re older in order to ensure they’ll be protected against all forms of the virus.
The vaccine can also be given at any point after exposure as long as it’s within six months for girls or nine months for boys—although this may not help them if their bodies have already started producing antibodies against these strains of HPV. The CDC says there’s no evidence suggesting that receiving an additional dose would increase risk or severity of side effects like fainting spells (syncope), dizziness and nausea from syncope-related events such as seizures among children aged 15 years old and younger compared to receiving only one dose before starting school.”
If a woman tests positive for high-risk HPV, but her Pap results are normal, does that mean she doesn’t have cervical cancer?
Pap tests can detect high-risk HPV, but not all cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV. Some women who have a positive test for high-risk HPV may have an abnormal Pap result without any signs or symptoms of cervical cancer.
If you have a negative or normal Pap test, but you test positive for high-risk HPV, you should get a colposcopy to check for cervical cancer. A colposcopy is an examination performed using special magnifying equipment and often includes taking biopsies (tissues samples).
What should you do, and when, if your test results were positive for high-risk HPV or abnormal cells on your cervix?
If you are diagnosed with HPV or abnormal cells on your cervix, it’s important to see a healthcare provider right away. You will likely be referred to a gynecologist or colorectal surgeon who can discuss the best treatment option for your situation. The most common treatment for high-risk HPV is LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure), which is performed in the doctor’s office and takes about 15 minutes to remove the abnormal cells.
Regular screenings and testing can help identify STIs before they become serious health problems.
A regular screening and testing schedule can help identify STIs before they become serious health problems. It’s important to know your body, so that when something doesn’t feel right or looks wrong, you can see a doctor right away.
Regular checkups are important because they can help identify infections before they become serious health problems. They also help prevent cancer, infertility, cervical cancer and other diseases. Regular screenings may even reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke!
The HPV vaccine is one of the best ways to prevent infection, and it can also help protect against cervical cancer. There are many types of HPV, but vaccination protects against the most common types. If you’re sexually active or considering becoming so, get vaccinated!