Thursday, February 8, 2007
Humanpapillomavirus (HPV) is in many ways “inconvenient.” Teens are engaging more and more in sexual activity irresponsibly these days. Many guys can say “ Oh yeah, sure I’ve been checked for STD’s. I’m Fine!” Unfortunately there is no test available to check for HPV in men so that line really doesn’t cut it. HPV can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as areas uncovered. The use of condoms associated with this disease is still unknown, but they have been linked with showing a lower rate of cervical cancer. Many people don’t have symptoms, so how would they even know if they are spreading the infection? Genital HPV is very common; estimating that up to 75% of women will carry one or more types during adulthood. There is no “cure” for the HPV infection, although in many women the infection can go away on its own.