There are presently 20 million Americans living with HPV. More than half of men and women will be infected and have HPV symptoms at some point in their lives.
Did you know there are about 6 million newly diagnosed HPV cases each year?
If you have the human papillomavirus, you can still live a normal life. The stigma of STDs should be avoided. In fact, 90 percent of the time your body may battle the infection for you.
“For the overwhelming majority of people, having an HPV infection has no impact on their lives,” explains Dr. Vanessa Cullins, an OBGYN and VP for medical affairs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Understand Symptoms and Your Increased Cancer Risk
However, being on the lookout for HPV symptoms is always best practice. Genital warts, cervical cancer, and head and neck cancer are all potential realities for those living with HPV too.
Those living with the infection also need to ensure they don’t infect other if sexual active. How do you protect you and your partner from further STD transmission?
If You’re Living with HPV Follow the Below Guide
Your Partner Should Get Vaccinated
Tell your partner and encourage him or her to get vaccinated for the virus. Understand HPV symptoms like genital warts could arise in those with human papillomavirus types six and 11.
The FDA approved Gardasil to protect against those aggressive HPV strains. Cervarix has been found to protect against types 16 and 18 as well.
Use Protection During Sex
Using protection when having sex can prevent the spread of the human papillomavirus. So use a condom every time. However, the virus can spread to parts of the skin that are not protected.
Get Regular OBGYN Check-Ups
Once you reach the age of 21, you should have Pap tests every two years. This helps you get a clear picture of your health when living with HPV. And you can keep an eye out for potential cancer risk.
If you get three normal Pap tests in a row after the age of 30, you may not require such frequent testing. Precancerous tests of the genitals, anus, throat, and mouth are more difficult to get results for after the age of 30. Be sure to be preventive in this case.
Understand HPV Symptoms
Knowing what symptoms to look for are absolutely vital when living with HPV. Genital warts are the most obvious, and can grow if not treated. Not understanding human papillomavirus symptoms can also put you at higher risk for cancer.
Below is an excellent infographic outlining HPV Cancer Prevention from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Do you have STD or HPV Symptoms questions? Do you think you may be at risk for cervical cancer? Talk to a doctor for free today to get the answers you need and deserve. Dr. Scott Kramer is an OBGYN with 26 years of compassionate experience treating women in the San Francisco bay area.
Dr. Scott Kramer’s Profile: Since completing my training at UCSF I continue to be a passionate leader in the evolution of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, foremost by introducing new procedures to patients in Northern California, as well as teaching doctors throughout the western United States.
A six-time recipient of the “Patient’s Choice Award”, Dr. Scott Kramer has spent over 26 years providing comprehensive, contemporary and compassionate medical care for women in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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