what is HPV?!


Human papillomavirus. It's a very common sexually transmitted disease and often causes genital warts, although it's possible to have HPV without showing any symptoms. It can also show up on a Pap test and some strains, but not all, can lead to cancer. There is a connection between cervical cancer and HPV, but it is rare--in 90% of infected women there are no lasting cervical problems (see the link below). For most people, it's not a serious problem. If you have HPV, be sure to have a Pap test done at least once a year to make sure there are no dangerous changes in your cervix.

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Human papilloma virus. Sexually transmitted, can lead to cervical cancer.

Human Papilloma Virus in other words- genital warts.

HPV stands for Human papilloma VIrus. HPV is a STD that is transmitted through sexual intercourse. Comdoms dont protect against that disease because they exist as genital warts, commonly located on the scrotum of males (asymptomatic) and when the scrotum touches the vagina, that virus spreads to the female. That virus leads to cervical cancer (100 percent). That is the reason why we do pap smears often - to catch it in a early stage and treat it before it turns to cancer!A quick fact: 87-94% of young sexually active adults in america has this virus so BEWARE of it!

HPV is human papiloma virus. It is sexually transmitted, can cause genital warts and cervical cancer. It is one of the most common STDs. Some specific sub types are more likely than others to be associated with cervial cancer. It can also cause cervcial cells to appear atypical when you do a Pap Smear.

It can be picked up while doing a pap smear if typing is requested when it is found as a reflex.

According to the National Institute of Allergies & Infectious Diseases, Human Papillomavirus is among the most common causes of sexually transmitted infections in the world.

In the United States, it is estimated that there are more cases of genital human papillomavirus infections than any other sexually transmitted diseases; indeed, according to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 20 million people are currently infected and at least 50% of sexually active men and women acquire a genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. The CDC estimates that by age 50, at least 80% of women will have acquired a genital HPV infection, and about 6.2 million Americans get a new genital HPV infection each year.

There are more than 100 different strains of HPV, as it is commonly referred to, most of which are harmless. However, an estimated 30 types of HPV are spread through sexual contact; some of which can cause genital warts.

HPV is more than just an STD. Some forms of the virus can actually can cause cancers of the cervix, vulva, anus, and penis. Early diagnosis and intervention in a patient with HPV is crucial for successful treatment.

According to the University of Iowa Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, there are three ways to decrease exposure to HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases: use of condoms, which can lower the risks of exposure; monogamous relationships; and complete abstinence. The University is currently conducting important research towards a possible vaccine through their study on HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18. For more information or to participate, please see http://obgyn.uihc.uiowa.edu/FutureII.htm.

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