HPV (Human Papilomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the U.S. Did you know that nearly every sexually active person will acquire HPV at some point in their lives according to the CDC? HPV can cause genital warts and some types of HPV can lead to cancer of the vulva, vagina, anus and cervix. There are over 40 different types of HPV that can infect both men and women, and some may not show any symptoms but can still be dangerous and lead to cancer. Infection risk of HPV viruses can be reduced with the used of latex condoms.
There is no cure for HPV, though there are treatments for the symptoms of HPV and recently the Gardasil vaccine has been used to protect again 4 types of HPV viruses which covers up to 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts. Gardasil is administered over three shots with the first two one month apart and the third one 6 months later. If you are interested in learning more about HPV and Gardasil Vaccine, contact our office today.