Most sexually active adults have been exposed to HPV. However, how much do you really know about human papillomavirus? Here are a few surprising facts about HPV so you are better informed:
1. 20 million Americans are infected with HPV.
According to the American Cancer Society, 20 million Americans are infected with the genital form of the virus and around 5.5 million infections occur each year.
2. You can contract HPV without having sex
Because HPV is transmitted through genital skin-to-skin contact, you don€™t have to have sex to transmit the disease. It€™s even possible to transmit it through oral sex.
3. HPV doesn€™t necessarily cause cancer
Some strands of HPV are high-risk, cancer-causing strains while other strains cause no symptoms or health problems.
4. Condom risk doesn€™t prevent HPV
Condoms can lower the risk of becoming infected with the disease. However, since human papillomavirus is passed through skin on skin contact, there are no sufficient preventive measures. Most physicians will suggest Gardasil as the most effective form of prevention. Gardasil protects against two types of HPV that cause 75 percent of cervical cancer cases and two types of HPV that cause 90 percent of genital warts cases.
5. HPV has no cure
It€™s true that there€™s no cure for HPV, but approximately 90 percent of infections are resolved by the body€™s immune system.
HPV Treatment in Colombia, South Carolina
Albert E. Odom, Jr., MD, FACOG provides treatment for patients with HPV. Contact our office at 803.907.7300 for information.