HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted disease. The virus can effect the vulva, vagina, cervix, rectum, anus, penis, and/or scrotum. HPV can sometimes lead to cancer and the two strains commonly know to lead to cancer cases are types 16 and 18. They are known as the high risk strains, cervical cancer is most commonly linked to HPV
How can HPV progression to cancer be prevented?
Screening tests via the HPV test and Pap smear can help prevent or catch cancer early . The HPV can detect viruses that are responsible for cell changes in the cervix
The HPV vaccine helps to protect against the HPV Strains that protect against those types that cause cervical cancer. HPV can also contribute to cancer in men, thus the vaccine is not exclusively for women. It is highly recommended for men too!
You should get screened for cervical cancer even if you received an HPV vaccine. There’s no cure for HPV however screen and prevention are key!