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July 19, 2010

How to Prevent HPV and Cervical Cancer

Filed under: HPV — Tags: , , , , , — Amanda @ 12:20 pm

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection that infects 75% of young women before the age of 50 if they aren’t vaccinated.  There are more than 40 types of HPV but the most common ones type are type 6, 11, 16, and 18.  HPV infects the genital area and causes genital warts, abnormal pap tests, and cervical cancer.  Since HPV is a virus, there is no real cure for it and it is often undetectable until a herpes infection flares up.  This means that the virus can be passed on to many partners before you know you have it.  Once you contract HPV you can have it for your whole life; however it tends to get worse or flare up when your immune system is compromised.

Preventing HPV

Unfortunately you are never completely safe from HPV – you are always at risk of contracting the virus.  The best defense is to always use condoms during every sex act – from start the finish. HPV can infect the mouth and throat as well.  Condoms aren’t always a reliable defense, and HPV can still be passed on during condom use if a woman’s labia touch the base of a man’s penis, but they are the best physical defense.

Vaccines are available that protect males and females agasint the most common types of HPV and cervical cancer. It is recommended that girls and boys between 11 and 26 get the Gardasil vaccine.  This is to be given in three doses over a six month period. Though Gardasil is highly effective at preventing HPV, it is not a cure, and it only protects agasint the most common types of HPV.

People in a faithful relationship with one partner, people who limit their number of sex partners, or people who choose a partner who has had few or no other sex partners can reduce their chances of contracting HPV. But even people who have only had one lifetime sex partner can get HPV, and it is hard to determine if a partner who has had previous partners is currently infected.

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January 15, 2010

January – National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Every year 13,000 people are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States alone. Approximately 1 in 20,923 Americans are diagnosed with cervical cancer. It was estimated that in 2009 11,300 women would be diagnosed and 4,100 women would have died from cervical cancer in the United States. Thanks to current screening technology and practices there has been a considerable decline over the past 40 years in the number of cases of cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer is most commonly caused by Human Papillomavirus. HPV infections cause unusual changes to the cells of the cervix and may possibly lead to cervical cancer. Most HPV infections in young women are short-lasting and are not significant in the long run. 70 percent of infections have vanished in one year and 90 percent in two years. Only between five and ten percent of women diagnosed with HPV do not lost the infection and are vulnerable to cervical precancer, which may develop into cervical cancer. There is no way to know which people who are diagnosed with HPV develop any cancers (or other health problems) before the cancer begins developing. The process takes about 15 to 20 years dependent upon treatment and opportunities for detection. If cervical precancer is caught in its early stages it is most often easily cured. It is advised that women get regular screenings for cervical cancer. Screenings find early signs of diseases so that that issues can be addressed and solved before they progress into cancer.

HPV is the most common the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). It affects 50 to 85 percent of all sexually active people. HPV is transferred by any type of sexual contact. To lessen one’s chances of contracting HPV, decrease the number of sexual partners and use protection, such as condoms.

Gardasil is a widely available vaccination which presents protection from four types of HPV. These four particular types cause 60 to 70 percent of all problems related to either cervical cancer, or genital warts. The best age to get your 1st of 3 doses of the Gardasil vaccination is between the age of 11 and 12.

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December 31, 2009

Gardasil

Gardasil is a vaccine for girls and women ages 9 to 26 to protect against HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and HPV related diseases and infections. The Gardasil vaccine must be injected 3 times. The 1st injection followed by another, 2 months later, and a 3rd, 6 months after the 2nd. Gardasil is the only vaccine which helps protect against 4 types of HPV: types 6, 11, 16, and 18. It also aids in preventing cervical cancer, genital warts, vaginal cancers, and cervical dysplasia.

Gardasil is not recommended for pregnant women. As with any vaccine, Gardasil may not result in protection for all vaccine recipients. Gardasil is safe and efficient even when taken with most other medications, including analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, and vitamin preparations.

In 2007 there was a conflict about making Gardasil mandatory for high school girls. There were many people opposing Gardasil and many who thought Gardasil was a fantastic idea. As for it being mandatory for high school girls, it didn’t do thorough.

The Gardasil vaccine, though mainly for girls, could be used for boys as well, to further prevent the spread of the virus.

HPV is incredibly common. An estimated 75% of sexually active Canadians will have HPV at least once in their lives. The age which HPV is most common for Canadian women is between 20 and 24.

There have been occasional overdoses in Gardasil, though it is not a serious danger it is important to contact a poison control centre if this occurs.

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February 2, 2009

What is an STI?

An STI is an acronym for Sexually Transmitted Infections. They are infections transmitted through having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has an infection. It can also be passed through skin-to-skin contact, childbirth, breastfeeding, sex toys, or through IV drug needles from an infected person. Both viruses and bacteria can develop an STI. Viruses that develop STI include HBV (Hepatitis B), HCV (Hepatitis C), herpes, genital warts, HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and HPV (Human Popilloma Virus). Bacteria that develop STI include Chlamydia, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis, and syphilis.

What is the difference between an STI and an STD?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STD), also known as venereal diseases (VD), are infectious diseases passed from one person to another through sex. If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage, for example, infertility and death.

Sexually transmitted infections (STI) may infect others or a person may be infected without experiencing symptoms of the disease.

What are the symptoms of STI?

  • Itching around the vagina for women
  • Unusual discharge from the vagina for women
  • Discharge from the penis for men
  • Pain during or following sex
  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Pain in the pelvic area
  • Sore throats in people who have oral sex
  • Pain in or around the anus for people who have anal sex
  • Chancre sores (painless red sores) on the genital area, anus, tongue and/or throat
  • A scaly rash on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet
  • Dark urine, loose, light-colored stools, and yellow eyes and skin
  • Small blisters that turn into scabs on the genital area
  • Swollen glands, fever and body aches
  • Unusual infections, unexplained fatigue, night sweats and weight loss
  • Soft, flesh-colored warts around the genital area
  • Flu-like symptoms (eg. HBV, HCV, HIV)

How can I prevent myself from getting an STI?

To lower the risk of getting an STI is to have sex with someone who is not having sex with anyone else and who does not have an STI. Always use condoms when having sex, including oral and anal sex. Limit the number of sex partners you have and ask him/her if he/she has had or been tested for an STI. Also let him/her know if you have had or tested for one too. Do not have sex if either you or your partner is being treated for an STI.

Although STIs do not always have symptoms, look for signs of STI in your sex partner. The best way to kill the germs before they infect you, wash your genitals with soap and water and urinate soon after you have sex.

Do not use spermicide to prevent STIs. Recent study results indicate that the nonoxynol-9 in spermicides irritates a womans vagina and cervix increasing the risk for an STI infection. Make sure you check other products for ingredients with nonoxynol-9 before using it.

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