The Silent Killer: HPV Do You Have It?

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Can it be prevented?

Well, yes it can.  And fellas, this is not just for the ladies either. There are vaccines that can help protect against some of the most common types of HPV. Two vaccines can help females against cervical cancer (Cervarix and Gardasil), while one of the vaccines can help protect against warts, anal or penile cancer (Gardasil). The CDC recommends both vaccines for females ages 11 through 26 years old. For fellas, just Gardasil is recommended for ages 11 through 26.

Avoiding direct skin-to-skin contact with partners who you notice genital warts can help reduce your risk. In addition, if you limit the amount of people who you have had sex with, you can also decrease the chances of getting HPV.

Do Condoms help?

Yes, they can reduce the chance you get the virus, but remember, condoms are designed to cover the penis only. This leaves the scrotum (aka “balls”) and the surrounding area exposed to still be able to transmit the virus.

So, I have HPV, now what?

Well, this is where your doctor comes in. Your doctor can discuss treatments of HPV from removal of the warts to further testing and treatment for other HPV related conditions.

Disclaimer:

The information contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion between you and your physician. Please consult your physician for further information in regards to your own general care. And always remember, knowledge is power!

References

Boardman, Cecelia H. “Cervical Cancer Treatment & Management.” Emedicine. Medscape

“CDC – Human Papillomavirus (HPV).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Gearhart, Peter. “Human Papillomavirus.” Emedicine. Medscape,

Dr. Mercy Edionwe is a physician specializing in internal medicine. She earned her medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and afterwards, completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. During her free time, she loves to write and educate the public on medical issues. She currently resides in Texas. You can follow her on Twitter at @fuchsiamd.

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