HPV or Human Papillomavirus is common and affects half of the people who have sex at some time in their lives. You may have it and are not aware of it.
HPV Quick Facts:
- Over 100 related viruses, HPV is given a number type; 60 cause warts on areas like feet, hands while 40 or so are sexually transmitted.
- Sexually-transmitted HPV viruses can be passed through intercourse and oral sex or spread through contact with infected genital skin, mucous membranes, or bodily fluids.
- Many people are unaware of their infection with HPV and may have no symptoms so neither sexual partner may realize that the virus is being spread.
- Most likely you get HPV if you have sex at an early age, have many sex partners or have a sex partner who has had multiple partners.
- There are no symptoms of an HPV infection and the body clears the infection on its own over the course of a few years.
- High-risk types of HPV can cause abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix and rarely, may cause abnormal changes in penile and anal cells.
- Abstinence is still the best way to avoid contacting the virus. Limit the number of sexual partners you have or choose partners who’ve had few or no sexual partners before you.