Human Papillomavirus also known as HPV is a very common sexually transmitted disease.
There are about a 100 different types but only 40 can cause cancer.
The 2 different types are: Low- Risk High-Risk
Most HPV infections have no harmful effect at all.
In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears HPV naturally within 2 yrs.
HOWEVER!!!!!!..... Sometimes ourimmune system is not so strong and…
There are cell changes which can lead to…
Head & Throat cancer
How is it transmitted? You don’t have to actually have sex to get infected!!!! Easily spread by skin-to-skin contact. Most often is passed during vaginal and anal sex. Can be passed on between straight and same sex partners, even when there are no symptoms.
Symptoms: Lets remember that this disease can usually go undetected. However, if there are symptoms….
It’s usually a small pump or groups of pumps in the genital area.
They can be small/large. Raised/ Flat.
Treatment options? Unfortunately there is no cure for HPV. BUT there are treatments for the health problems that HPV can cause. For example…. Genital Warts can be cut, freeze or burn Cervical & other cancers can be prevented with the HPV vaccine.
GOOD NEWS BAD NEWS Warts are usually painless and not a serious problem. The body fights off HPV naturally & infected cells go back to normal. There are ways to prevent HPV. You can be infected without even knowing it. HPV viruses are associated with almost ALL cases of cervical cancer. 50% of men and women get infected with HPV at some point in their lives. There is no cure for HPV. Males can’t get screened for HPV.
HOW TO PREVENT IT!!! Get the HPV vaccine!!!! Use condoms, which can reduce the chances of getting infected. If you are a woman , you should get Pap tests regularly.
IT’S VERY IMPORTANT… TO KEEP IN MIND THAT YOU MIGHT BE INFECTED WITHOUT KNOWIN IT. THEREFORE…
YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE SEX WITH.
ALWAYS USE SOME TYPE OF PROTECTION, SUCH AS CONDOMS.
GET TESTED REGULARLY.
NEVER BE AFRAID OR ASHAME TO ASK QUESTIONS TO YOUR HEALTH ADVISOR/S.