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HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. It is spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area of the body, such as when you have sex with someone who has HPV or when an object like a towel or razor blade touches the virus and then cuts your skin. Although it’s not always easy to tell if you have HPV, there are ways to prevent this disease from affecting your health in a big way:
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. It’s spread through skin-to-skin contact, and it can be transmitted even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms. HPV is not spread through kissing, hugging, coughing or sneezing.
HPV doesn’t always cause symptoms — and many people who are infected with HPV don’t know they are infected because they don’t have any visible signs of the virus.
HPV can be serious, but there are ways to prevent it.
HPV can be serious, but there are ways to prevent it. If you are sexually active and have not been vaccinated, HPV vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against the types of HPV that cause cancer and genital warts. It is recommended that girls get HPV vaccine at 11 or 12 years old and boys get 2 doses 6-12 months apart starting at 11 or 12 years old (or as soon as possible). The vaccine can also be given starting at age 9 for boys who did not receive the vaccine when they were younger. Every person who was ever infected with HPV will develop antibodies against some types of HPV viruses. Most people will clear the virus on their own within two years; however, if your body does not clear it on its own by then, it may cause problems later in life like cancer or genital warts.
Vaccines are available to prevent infection from some of the most common types of HPV that cause cancer.
There are two HPV vaccines available:
- Gardasil 9® is approved for use in both males and females from ages 9 through 26 years old. It protects against the same four types of HPV (types 6, 11, 16, and 18) as Gardasil® did. In addition to protecting against these four types, Gardasil 9 also protects against five additional types of HPV that cause cervical cancer.
- Cervarix® is approved for use only in females from ages 10 through 25 years old. It protects against two types of HPV (types 16 and 18).
Symptoms of genital warts look different for every person.
Genital warts are small, cauliflower-shaped bumps that can be raised or flat. They can appear on the penis and scrotum, vagina, cervix, vulva (the external female genital area), and anus. Genital warts are usually flesh-colored or pink in color and can be small and hard to see at first. Although genital warts usually start out small, they can grow over time. The size of genital warts varies from person to person; some people may have only one wart while others may have many warts covering their genitals.
1 in 3 people carry HPV at any given time.
If you’re sexually active, it’s likely that you’ve heard of the human papillomavirus (HPV). But do you know how it works? And why it matters?
HPV is a very common virus that has been around for over 30 years. Over 90 percent of people have been infected with some form of HPV. Most are unaware they have the virus because they never experience any symptoms or health issues related to having it. The good news is most strains go away on their own and never cause any health problems!
However, there are certain types of HPV that can lead to cancer if left untreated—including cervical cancer in women and penile cancer in men (as well as anal and throat cancers). This means we need to take steps to protect ourselves against these strains!
Most people with HPV do not know they are infected and never develop symptoms or health problems from it.
Most people with HPV do not know they are infected and never develop symptoms or health problems from it. If the virus does cause changes in cells, those changes usually happen without signs or symptoms. It’s better to be aware of what can happen if you have HPV than to worry about something that may never come up for you.
If an adult does not have any signs of genital warts, he or she is probably going to be fine. It’s important for people who have had sex to get regular check ups so that any potential problems can be detected early on, before they become serious issues!
Many people carry HPV and usually don’t even know they have it.
The HPV vaccine is recommended for boys and girls ages 11 to 12 years old. It can also be given to males through age 21 and females through age 26, even if they’ve already received the vaccine series before.
The HPV vaccine protects against some types of cancer-causing HPV infections, including cancers of the cervix in women, penile cancer in men, and anal cancer in both sexes (cancers that are caused by certain strains of HPV). The vaccine is not 100% effective since it may not protect against all types of HPV that cause cancer or genital warts.
HPV is a common and serious infection that can cause cancer, but there are ways to prevent it. Vaccines are available to prevent infection from some of the most common types of HPV that cause cancer. If you have an abnormal Pap test result, talk with your doctor about whether HPV testing is right for you.