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Tips to prevent human papillomavirus

How can the human papillomavirus be prevented? We offer you some useful tips that will help you in the prevention of a virus that can cause uterine cancer.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus belonging to the papillomaviridae family and is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases that exist.

HPV infections are found all over the world, all people of any age and any gender can be affected by this virus; Even many of these infections occur in people’s childhood long before they start having sexual relations, but in most cases they are discovered in time.

More than 100 types of human papillomaviruses are known, which are classified into high-risk and low-risk types. HPV human papillomavirus types 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, and 66 are high risk and are carcinogenic to humans. HPV human papillomavirus types 6 and 11 are low-risk and possibly carcinogenic to humans.

Some types of HPV manifest in people through warts, frequently on the soles of the feet and hands; many of them can occur in the genital area, affecting the penis, the cervix, the rectum or the anus.

It is a very common virus in people and it is said that all sexually active men and women have suffered from this virus at some time in their lives; there are even people who suffer from the virus without knowing it and others who took time to realize the disease.

Most human papillomavirus infections have no harmful effects on people, and some types of viruses cause genital warts in people. Some types of viruses called high risk can cause some types of cancer such as cervical cancer and others.

It is a virus that disappears after a certain time without any treatment; however, there are others that do not disappear and usually hide in the body for long periods of time, appearing again after a few years.

This is why it is impossible to determine when the infection occurred; some people get it at birth from their mothers, which is no shame as most people have had it and it usually goes away without any treatment.

How to prevent HPV:

There is a human papillomavirus vaccine that protects women against 70% of high-risk HPV viruses. The Gardasil vaccine protects both men and women from most genital warts; the Gardasil vaccine and the Cervix vaccine can help women prevent cervical cancer.

As is well known, the use of a condom in men helps prevent the human papillomavirus;  however, the virus can infect parts not covered by the condom.

After having stable sexual relations with the same partner, the selective risk of contracting the human papillomavirus is reduced.

With good behavioral habits, a good diet rich in vitamins and low in fat and avoiding the use of tobacco or foreign substances, the risk of contracting HPV can be reduced.

Cervical cancer can also be prevented if women are regularly screened for abnormalities.  The Pap smear identifies abnormal cells on the cervix, which must be removed so they don’t turn into cancer. The HPV DNA test can also detect human papillomavirus on the cervix of women.

HPV can be prevented during oral sex by the use of Sheer Glide dams and latex buckledams.

The human papilloma virus is very common in humans as a result of its mutation.

It is important that people know this disease well and know what the causes are in order to avoid them, in addition; to always use condoms at the time of sexual intercourse to avoid contagion, regularly visit a doctor specialized in the area and carrying out studies can prevent contagion or the development of the virus.


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