DISEASE OF THE WEEK - HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV)
WHAT IS HPV? – HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, it’s so common that nearly all sexually active people get it at some point in their lives.
HOW DO I GET IT? – HPV is transmitted during either vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected person, however the virus can still be passed on even if the infected person doesn’t display symptoms. Symptoms can sometimes develop a number of years after having been infected, making it difficult to determine the time of initial infection. Sometimes the virus can go away on it’s own, but when it doesn’t it can cause health problems. HPV can cause cervical cancer as well as other cancers such as cancer of the vulva, vagina, penis or anus. It can also cause cancer at the back of the throat, including the tonsils. There are vaccinations to protect against diseases caused by HPV when given to the correct recommended age groups.
WHAT DO GENITAL WARTS LOOK LIKE? - Genital warts look like small bumps or a group of bumps around your genitalia. They vary in size & can be raised looking similar to a cauliflower.
Prevention is obviously better than cure, so always use condoms but be mindful of the fact that there are areas left uncovered even when using protection. In which case it’s a good idea for both male & females to get regular sexual health screens & females to get their regular pap smears. There are wonderful discreet sexual health clinics in most communities, where you can be completely anonymous. Plus side they also provide free protection & lube!
BE SAFE EVERYONE
Love Lexi XX