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Nov 2

What You Need to Know About HPV!

Posted By iamincontrol | November 2, 2017

88% of the voters from last month’s poll agreed that having only one partner, using condoms, and receiving the vaccine can help prevent you from contracting HPV!

What is it?

HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus. It is a sexually transmitted infection, or STI. Most people who have HPV don’t know they have it. They don’t experience any symptoms. Both men and women can have the virus.

How does it spread?

HPV lives on the skin. It can be spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

Is it serious?

Most people with HPV don’t have problems. It can actually go away on its own, but that takes about two years. HPV can cause genital warts. These warts can go away on their own or grow and spread. Doctors can remove the warts, but they may come back. If that happens, you can remove them again.

  • Women: HPV can lead to cancer in the cervix, vulva, or anus. Women can get a pap test to spot changes in the cervix that lead to cancer. You can get a pap test every 1 to 3 years.
  • Men: HPV can lead to cancer in the penis or anus. Get checked for STIs if you’re having sex to make sure you can catch the cancer early.
  • Everyone: HPV can lead to cancer in the mouth and throat.

How do I prevent this?

  • Get the HPV vaccine. The vaccine stops most types of HPV that cause cancer and genital warts. You must get two shots over 6 months for it to work effectively. Both men and women can get the shot.
  • Use a condom every time you have sex. It will keep you safe because it covers the skin where the virus is. Over half of all people who are sexually active have had HPV.
  • Have sex with just one partner at a time. The more partners you have, the higher your chance of getting HPV.


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