7 Myths and Facts About HPV

7 Myths and Facts About HPV

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) caused by the HPV virus. The disease affects most people who having sexual contact. About 79 million people in the US have been infected with it. Unluckily, HPV doesn’t show any signs and symptoms in many cases. Thus, lots of people don’t know they get the disease. Then, they give their partners some chances to contract the infection. Even though HPV is so common, people usually misunderstand. They don’t know clearly about it and the disease tends to be worse after that. So, you need to get enough knowledge about HPV.

Here are 7 myths and facts about HPV

1. Myth: Only women contract the disease

Fact: Both men and women can get HPV. Anyone who has sexual contact will have danger of getting it. So, HPV doesn’t only occur in women but also in men. In fact, women are more likely to get the disease than men. It’s because the lining of the vagina is thinner than the skin on the penis. It’s very easy for viruses and bacteria to enter. Not only that, the vagina is a moist environment which is a good condition for development of bacteria.

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2. Myth: HPV can cause cancer in most cases

Fact: HPV can cause cancer, but just a few strains of HPV may cause cancer. In fact, most strains of HPV viruses are harmless and don’t cause any symptoms. They can come and go away by themselves. However, high risk types of HPV are HPV 16 and 18 which can cause your cancer. Anal, penile, vulva and cervical cancer are caused by these high risk strains of HPV. Luckily, they can disappear within 1 -2 years and don’t cause cancer in a few cases.

Besides, there are some low risk types of HPV. They don’t lead to cancer, but they cause warts in genital or anal area. Still, after being infected HPV, it takes years to develop cancer.

3. Myth: People always have HPV symptoms after being infected

Fact: Most people who acquire the disease don’t show any HPV signs. They will only have some health problems that relate to HPV like genital warts and other signs. Normally, lots of people don’t develop severe health problems because of HPV infection. The immune system can fight against the infection within 2 years. Thus, HPV won’t develop signs in most of them

Even though the disease doesn’t grow signs, you still have risk to get the infection through sexual activities without a condom.

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4. Myth: If I wear a condom, I won’t get HPV

Fact: Wearing a condom is an effective way to protect yourself from many STDs. But HPV can spread through skin contact. So anal, vaginal, anal sex can spread the virus even though you wear a condom. Condoms can’t cover all genital area, they leave anus, vulva area. Then, the virus still enters your body. But this can’t say a condom is useless. Many studies show that using condoms when having sex will lower your risk of contracting the infection. Thus, try to wear a condom if you have sex.

5. Myth: men can be diagnosed with HPV through Pap test

Fact: Only women can be diagnosed with Pap test. It’s also called Pap smear. In fact, there is no FDA- approved test for men with HPV.

6. Myth: I got the HPV vaccine, no need to get Pap tests

Fact: Even though you get HPV vaccine, it’s important for you to get Pap test regularly. This helps diagnose your cervical cancer. The vaccine is a prevention, you still need to take a look at your health to get tests regularly. Two HPV vaccines- Cervarix and Gardasil- will protect from high risk virus (HPV 16 and 18). While both vaccines can be used for women, only Gardasil is used for men.

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7. Myth: If I have HPV, I will have outbreaks

Fact: HPV with warts may recur in some cases. But when they recur, they only show mild signs. This is because, your immune system is responsible for fighting the virus after being infected at the first time. Then, it reduces your frequency of an outbreak. To limit outbreaks, you need to limit triggers. Stress, many sexual partners or sex without condoms are popular triggers of recurrences.

Tips to cure and prevent HPV

If you leave your HPV untreated, it can be worse and spread to your partner. It’s important for you to treat the infection and prevent it.

Medications. Gardasil, Aldara, Condylox are useful medicines in treating HPV. They are effective but a few people may have side effects from them. Doctors can recommend you some topical creams to treat. In some of them, VidaroX has been used and introduced by thousands of people. The product is really effective in curing the infection and has no side effect. It works by killing the virus both on the surface and in lower skin layers. So, the virus dies fast and outbreaks don’t have chance to recur.

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Healthy diet. Based on healthy diet with enough nutrients, the virus can be treated. You need to add more fruits, vegetables, yogurt and herb in your diet. Besides, foods are rich in acid folic will be helpful in curing your infection.

Good lifestyle. Your lifestyle is important in curing and preventing HPV. Don’t have sex with many people, try to avoid alcohol or smoking are some beneficial methods to treat the infection.

To prevent HPV, you may have some tips:

–  Get HPV vaccines

– Wear a condom when having sex

–  Limit your sexual partner

–  Get tests regularly

–  Change lifestyle

–  Eat healthy foods

Understanding about HPV and its facts will help you find suitable treatments to cure. Then, try to boost your immune system that fights against the virus.

 

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