The human papilloma virus is not a new virus, however many people do not know what it is, although there is a growing interest on the subject. HPV may not present with signs, so many people do not know they have it and it can disappear without damaging health, although in severe cases it can be a trigger for cancer and other serious conditions.

What is the human papillomavirus or HPV

The human papillomavirus (HPV), worth the redundancy, is a viral infection transmitted between people through skin-to-skin contact. There are more than 100 varieties of this type of virus, but most of them emphasize the 40 varieties that affect the genitals, mouth or throat, and that are transmitted through sexual contact.

This type of problem, known worldwide, can be considered as a set of viruses, which can damage and alter the skin. As exposed by the National Cervical Cancer Coalition of the United States , this type of virus can affect the genitals either with the formation of warts and even alterations in the cells in the cervix of women , and when this is not treated or diagnosed early, cervical cancer can develop.

What You Should Know About Papillomavirus

The contagion of human papilloma can occur, as we mentioned before, from skin to skin and without the need for the existence of body fluids. This can affect both women and men and it is vitally important to know in depth the fundamental aspects of HPV to stay healthy.

1. The contagion can be through the skin

This detail is very important, since contagion can occur through skin contact, where penetration is not necessary. Anyone who has had contact of their genitals with the genitalia of someone who has previously contracted this virus can be infected.

2. It is asymptomatic

In most cases, the virus is harmless, and most infected people have no symptoms . In general, our body can be the one in charge of dealing with the infections produced thanks to the immune system. As this virus is asymptomatic, the person can become infected with his partner and not know that he has been infected, in this way it would be likely that later he can infect another person, therefore tests are necessary if there is the slightest doubt or to avoid spread papilloma .

3. In some cases it can end in cancer

Although most types of HPV do not harm your health, the so-called high-risk types can change the cellular structure of the cervix and turn into cervical cancer . Not all women will develop cervical cancer, however it is a good idea to try to prevent it with routine tests such as the Pap smear.

4. Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer in the vast majority of cases, we are talking about 98% of them, is caused by the human papillomavirus, and it can usually take an average of 15 years to develop. It is necessary for all women, despite no longer being sexually active, to undergo gynecological examinations in order to detect this condition early and be able to reverse it.

As mentioned by the ( US National Library of Medicine ) cervical cancer or carcinoma of the cervix can be prevented in all cases , but this depends directly on the early detection of these cancer cells to avoid it.

5. Necessary examinations and controls

For all women over the age of 30, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition suggests a human papillomavirus DNA test is needed in conjunction with Pap tests.

Prevention of human papillomavirus

One of the most effective methods to prevent HPV infection is to maintain a stable partner , be monogamous, and if you meet a new person, spend a reasonable time together before having relationships. Condoms can also help reduce the risk of contact, although this method is not completely effective. The ideal is to use common sense and avoid casual relationships, especially if you are not sure you are free of this virus.

Remembering that the virus can be contracted through contact with the skin, especially in the genitals, it is necessary to be safe, informed and have a dialogue with our partner, so that both members can carry out a routine of examinations to get out of any doubt and be able to lead a healthier life as a couple. Avoiding the human papillomavirus has a lot to do with common sense and with being cautious and being responsible people , you should not expose others if you know that you are suffering from HPV.

The appearance of genital warts is one of the main conditions related to the human papillomavirus . You can learn a little more about natural treatments to remove or remove warts .

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By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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