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HPV: what to know

Human papillomavirus, better known as HPV , is a sexually transmitted disease that millions of men and women will be afflicted by every year. Genital HPV is the most commonly infected STD in the United States.

There are over 40 types of HPV that can infect the genital areas. These varieties can also infect the mouth and throat.

How Do You Get HPV?

The HPV virus is extremely common. HPV may be passed through genital contact, but it may also be passed during oral sex.

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What Are The Signs Of HPV?

Most people that are infected with HPV do not have noticeable symptoms. Most people’s bodies clear HPV within two years of infection. Even with those odds, however, there is a chance that the infection causes more health problems. HPV may cause genital warts. Other types of HPV can lead to cancers.

HPV Prevention and Screening

There are a few effective vaccines for preventing HPV. Condoms also reduce the risk of infection. The HPV test checks for the virus that is related to cervical cancer.

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12 comments

  1. Comment by Jen Fallot on October 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    This is by far the most common STD in the United States, so understanding it will help spread awareness and overall protection.

  2. Comment by Simon Raphael on October 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    If we know it’s the most commonly spread STD, the only thing to decline the amount affected, is talking about protection.

  3. Comment by Rick Washburn on October 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Younger people need to know these facts before they start being sexually active. What they don’t know can hurt them.

  4. Comment by Trinity Brandt on October 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    The more people that are educated about this STD, the more knowledgeable people will be on how to prevent it. Great article.

  5. Comment by Jeff Stemmons on October 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    The HPV shot has been out for girls for at least 10 years and now they have released an HPV shot for males too. I think it is best to let a vaccine or any sort of drug be out on the market for a while before deciding whether or not it is safe to consume. Hopefully both male and female HPV shots can prove themselves worthy and society can get a grip on this widely spread std.

  6. Comment by Amy Ray on October 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    HPV has the potential to be a very troubling problem. You shouldn’t trust not having symptoms, it’s better to be tested.

  7. Comment by Daniel C. Miller on October 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    In the case of HPV it is just best to be safe than sorry. Get tested because the symptoms may not appear at all (especially if your’e a male) or they may not appear for quite some time after contracting it. The sooner you can be tested and treated if necessary, the better.

  8. Comment by Jeff Graham on October 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Wow, this is a very diverse std, with so many different variations of it to be spread. It seems hard to manage the spread of it because of this reason alone. Keep on spreading the word about std’s and maybe we can all work together to slow the spread of these diseases!

  9. Comment by Gary Bucher on October 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    This is a great informative article addressing this complex and well-evolved disease. There are many treatments out there to help alleviate pain from these dieases, but not many std’s are curable. Keep spreading the word, like Jeff said!

  10. Comment by Mike Gammel on October 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    It’s so important to make younger people aware of std’s and std prevention because it only takes one time to slip up in judgment and contract something from an unhonest partner. Continue spreading the awareness!

  11. Comment by Jon Lewis on October 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I think that STDs should be talked about much more in school, because there are so many small factors that have to be included in informing students and younger people, when it comes to STD prevention. I’ll pass this along through the pipeline to spread the awareness!

  12. Comment by Scott McGarvey on October 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    HPV sounds pretty scary right now! I am glad to see that the body can often clear out HPV from the system after about 2 years. I hope that anyone who has been infected or on which HPV has had an impact can stay clean and get healthy! Don’t spread STDs if you know you have it; if you don’t know whether or not you’ve been infected or if you have had multiple partners, it’s a must to get tested–for the sake of everyone who is responsible!

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