Around the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) there is a lot of information, the most important thing you should know is that it is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections and it is estimated that 9 out of 10 people have HPV. So do not be alarmed, it is a virus that allows us to lead a completely normal life if we carry out adequate medical control. Knowing this, let's start exploring a little more around the subject.
What is HPV?
The Human Papilloma Virus is one of the most frequent sexually transmitted infections (STIs); no, it is not HIV or HSV (herpes). It is a virus that almost everyone, both sexually active men and women, can contract at some point in their lives. But, although it is a seemingly harmless virus and in some cases it can disappear on its own, there are some types of viruses -did you know that there are more than 200 types?- that can cause other health conditions that you should pay attention to.
How is it transmitted?
The main means of transmission is through unprotected sex with a person who has HPV; whether vaginal, anal, or oral, even when no suspicious signs or symptoms are present; and it can infect your vulva, vagina, cervix, rectum, anus, penis, and scrotum. Keep in mind that contagion does not occur only through ejaculation, skin-to-skin contact of these areas is enough.
Another way of transmitting this condition is from a pregnant woman to her baby transplacentally.
How can I prevent it?
The main and most effective method of prevention is vaccination , which protects against nine types of HPV, two low-risk types that mainly cause genital warts and seven high-risk ones that can trigger cancer.
Remember that vaccination is preventive, not a cure and its maximum protection is obtained by getting vaccinated between 9 and 12 years of age. So I can't get vaccinated if I'm not part of this age range? Of course, despite being an adult and having already started an active sexual life, you can get vaccinated, the difference is that it does not have the same benefits since you could have already been exposed to HPV.
Use barrier protection , that is, a male or female condom. Although condoms and oral latex dams do not protect 100% effectively, they do help to reduce the chance of infection.
Keep your vaginal flora strong. How can you do it? Taking care of your intimate health with good hygiene and strengthening your local and general immune system; The most important thing is that you never wash inside and that you use the appropriate intimate hygiene products and natural supplements with special probiotics to strengthen vaginal, intestinal and immune health.
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If it is so common, how do I know if I have HPV and what are its symptoms?
If at first glance you do not present symptoms, it is worth going to your doctor, abnormal changes in cells can be detected through a routine test such as cervical cancer detection, have a routine test and keep a check with your gynecologist or urologist.
And if I already have HPV, how can I treat it?
Although there is no treatment against the virus, there are for the associated health problems or that HPV can cause:
- Genital warts. They can be treated by yourself or by your doctor. It is important to carry out the appropriate treatment because if it is not done, the warts can disappear (fortunately for you), stay the same or increase in size and quantity.
- Cervical precancer. If you are judicious and have regular Pap smears and proper follow-up, they can identify any abnormalities long before cancer appears. As we always say, prevention is the best treatment.
- Other HPV-related cancers. They can be treated if they are diagnosed in time and the appropriate treatment is done in the initial stages.
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