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History of HPV
What are the Symptoms of HPV?
HPV is sexually contracted from an infected partner. Vaginal, oral, and anal sex can all transmit the virus. An infected person does not need to show symptoms to be contagious. It can also be many years before symptoms appear.
HPV affects 14 million new individuals annually. 79 million Americans currently have HPV.
What if HPV is Untreated?
Some cases of HPV resolve spontaneously. In other cases, genital warts appear. For some, it can cause throat, cervical, penile, anal, or vulval cancers. People with weakened immunity are especially susceptible to experience complications from HPV.
Pregnant women with HPV are susceptible to genital warts. They are also more likely to receive an abnormal Pap result, which can indicate cervical cancer.
How to Limit the Spread of HPV
Young people ages 11-26 of both genders should be vaccinated. Females should receive regular Pap tests. Latex condoms can help, but might not cover all HPV affected areas, so transmission is still possible. Mutual monogamy will also help reduce the risk of contracting HPV.