Most of you do not want to hear this, but the truth is, there is a virus on the lose that not even your beloved condom preference can protect. It is known as HPV the short version for the Human Papilloma Virus. As with most truths in existence, there is the good and the bad. The good would be that most of the infection by HPV is usually harmless and disappear by itself. However, certain strains persist and lead to physiological manifestation like warts or worse, cancers.
There are over 200 strains of the virus, 40 of which infect the genitalia- vulva, vagina, cervix, rectum, anus, scrotum besides the mouth and the throat. These particular ones, spread through sexual contact. Statistics by CDC indicate HPV to be the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. Look at it this way, almost everyone who has sex gets infected at some points in their lives, and I mean Everyone!
Most genital HPV are harmless and disappear without ever manifesting itself. Some strains, however, produce clinical symptoms. The types VI and XI are responsible or the majority of the cases for genital warts. The silver lining, these types are considered low-risk HPV and do not lead to cancers or any serious health conditions. A dozen other strains of the virus including types XVI and XVIII are considered high-risk HPV and lead to a variety of cancers. Off the cancers in which HPV is an underlying cause, Cervical is the most common but may also lead to vagina, penis and anal carcinoma.
There is NO APPARENT CURE for HPV but a lot can be done to ensure that the virus does not impact society negatively. Vaccines have been developed to protect man from the worst of the strains, warts can be removed by healthcare providers and high-risk HPV are easily managed before their progression to cancers.
HPV is easily spread with contact, skin-to-skin, with an infected person. You acquire the virus on the event that your vulva, vagina, cervix, penis or anus comes into contact with an infected person’s genitals or mouth and throat, more often during sexual acts. The virus can be spread even if no party ejaculates, or even if the penis does not get inside the vagina, anus or mouth. Condoms do not offer protection either.
Denial is never the answer. Parents abhor the idea that their children are indulging while women people feel stigmatized on the account of its transmission through intercourse. The fact of the matter is almost everyone having sex gets infected at a point in their life. Measures put into place by governments to abate the worst-case scenarios should, therefore, be welcomed with open arms