Prevention of Human Papilloma Virus

Many people are already infected with the Human Papilloma virus. It is important to educate younger generations about the importance of protecting themselves to prevent contracting HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Important preventative strategies are briefly discussed:

  • Vaccine for Human Papilloma Virus

    All boys and girls should be vaccinated against HPV at 11 years of age

    In 2006 a vaccine for Human Papilloma Virus was approved in the United States. This vaccine plays no role in the treatment of HPV but has been shown to be quite effective in preventing the infection. The vaccine has specifically been made to protect the person from contracting the strains of the virus which causes cervical and other cancers as well as genital warts. These are the strains known as HPV-6, HPV-11, HPV-16 and HPV-18 and are the strains causing the majority of complications associated with HPV.

    All boys and girls should be vaccinated against HPV at 11 years of age. Males up until the age of 21 and females up until the age of 26 years should still be vaccinated if they were not vaccinated at a younger age. Cancers caused by Human papilloma virus can be prevented by getting vaccinated. New studies suggest that the HPV vaccine may even help to prevent complications in people under 45 years. Further research is currently being done.

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    Use condoms even being in a relationship with one partner

  • Use condoms
    Condom use does help reduce the risk of contracting Human Papilloma virus but is not totally reliable.
  • Trusting monogamous relationship
    Being in a relationship with one partner who is faithful and who is sure that they do not have HPV or any other untreated sexually transmitted disease is a way to reduce the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.  Although sometimes this faithful partner may still be asymptomatic from infections they contracted from a previous relationship.
  • General Hygiene
    It is important for people to be generally hygienic. This will help prevent the spread of Human Papilloma virus. Sex toys should definitely not be shared. Towels and other personal items should also not be shared. Hand washing and looking after any wounds which occur on the skin is also important.
  • Go for cervical screening tests
    Although a cervical screening test is not a way of preventing Human Papilloma Virus, it is a way of ensuring that cancer of the cervix is detected early. If a cancer is detected early it can be treated with much greater success.

Human Papilloma Virus is a very common virus and some strains of HPV may lead to certain cancers. It is advised that all people who are at risk should be screened for cancers which may be caused by HPV. Other conditions resulting from HPV may cause troublesome symptoms and signs but most can be managed if treated early enough. All men and women of appropriate age should be vaccinated against HPV to prevent future complications. Although HPV cannot be cured, it can now be prevented.