Commonly known as HPV
What is Human Papillomavirus?
Why should I get vaccinated?
"The vaccines are not approved for women over 26 or recommended for pregnant women. Boys and young men ages 13 through 21 may be vaccinated if they have not received the 3-dose series. The vaccine is also recommended for males 22 through 26 years of age whose immune systems are weakened, who have sex with men, or who test positive for HIV". - (ARHP, n.d).
Cost for Vaccine Series
Who is at risk?
Treatment and Prevention
If you are already infected with HPV, getting a vaccine with not treat your current infection of HPV. The vaccine will protect you from the next time you encounter the virus.
Your best prevention method is to get vaccinated when you are young and haven't been sexually active. Another method is to wear condoms while being sexually active. Having only one partner can also lower your risk in getting infected with HPV.
Modes of Transmission
HPV can also be transmitted from mother to baby during childbirth (MedicineNet, n.d).
Signs/Symptoms of HPV
Genital warts are the primary indication that someone has been infected with HPV. They can be raised, flat, pink, or flesh-colored. They can even be shaped like cauliflower. Sometimes there is a single wart; other times multiple warts appear. They can be small or large. They can be on the anus, cervix, scrotum, groin, thigh, or penis (HPV/Genital Warts Health Center, 2004).
Often, individuals' warts will go away on its own, but the longer the virus is in your body the higher the risk is of getting more dangerous diseases.
Public Health Concern
HPV vaccination is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (CDC, 2016).
Genital warts can appear on the penis, in the vaginal area, around your thighs and inside or around the anus. For women, genital warts can also appear on the cervix. (Nall, 2016)
Along with getting vaccinated, condom usage is always a smart plan to prevent the spread of infection.
This is a chart of some of the different types of HPV and which virus is more likely to lead to cervical cancer. From the chart it shows that if you are infected with HPV 16 you are more likely to be at risk for developing cervical cancer.
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Cheney, K; Nall, R. (2016) Genital Warts. Retrieved on July 10, 2016 from http://www.healthline.com/health/std/genital-warts#Overview1
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