Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common and complicated disease that burdens over 79 millions of Americans, most in their late-teens and early-20s. For such a common condition, it’s one that’s very much surrounded in stigma. Many people being ashamed and scared of taking the correct countermeasures to prevent it or manage it, and many don’t even know if they have it.
Check out these 5 facts everyone, including men, should know about HPV:
It’s Considered A Sexually Transmitted Infection
Typically spread through vaginal or anal sex, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection there is, being transmitted without even showing symptoms.
A Lot Of Doctors May Not Test For It
Because it’s so common, some physicians don’t even test for it in their Pap smears. They may wait after you show a sign of infection to do so, or if you’re Pap smear returns abnormal.
Men Can Have And Transmit HPV Without Knowing It
While HPV is mostly associated with women, men play a big role when it comes to spreading the disease around. Around 69 percent of men have HPV, even if they don’t show symptoms and can’t be tested for the virus.
HPV Can Increase Your Risk Of Cancer
Cervical and different types of oral cancers’ risk is increased by having HPV, even though the cancer may take years to develop. It’s advised to do regular check ins with your doctor and to monitor your health.
HPV Doesn’t Have To Last Forever
HPV infections can be cleared within a year or two, even though most people assume that it’s a lifelong disease.
There’s A Vaccine To Prevent It
People who are planning on being sexually active should be vaccinated against HPV, being most effective for people who’ve never had sex, even though it can still help those who are sexually active.