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Sexually active? You need to know about this Silent Virus – HPV

Contrary to what a majority of people believe, they do not know everything about the risks of unprotected intercourse. Take for instance, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is essentially a DNA virus.

What’s even worse is that the HPV is more common in women.

According to a famous oncologist,

The easiest way to get the virus is by having vaginal or anal intercourse with someone who has the virus.

Unfortunately, the human papilloma virus can also be contracted through a simple skin-to-skin contact including handshakes or hugs. Even a small cut on the outer layer of the body can act as a gateway from where the virus can enter. A baby can also contract the virus from the mother through pregnancy, and even breastfeeding.

Here’s where it gets tricky. Since the infected person may not even show any signs or symptoms of the HPV, there’s no way to know whether he has HPV or not. If symptoms do show up, they manifest into protrusions on the skin called warts. They can be present on the genitals or the skin around it.

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Screening tests for Men

At present, no HPV tests are available for men. The approved vaccine present in the market is only for women.

Screening Tests for Cervical Cancer for Women

There are two tests for Screening of Cervical Cancer:

  1. Pap Test: This test, also known as Pap Smear, detects Pre-cancers & Cancerous Cells and other abnormal cell changes in the Cervix. The procedure involves taking a sample of cells from the Cervix, and sending them to the laboratory for analysis.
  2. HPV Test: This test helps in detecting DNA or RNA from high-risk HPV Types in Cervical Cells.

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Source: https://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/why-everyone-with-a-cervix-needs-to-know-about-hpv-human-papillomavirus-sexually-transmitted-infection-sti-sex-intercourse-vagina/1/625035.html