- Fertility & Reproductive Systems
HPV: The Lesser Known Virus
Many of us as human beings have experienced a number colds and viruses.
Most of them we combat with over the counter medications or by doctor
prescribed antibiotics. Over the years, new viruses have become more
resistant to prescribed medications even in high doses. The newest on
the scene are groups of viruses known as the Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
occurs in women.
As if women didn’t have enough to worry about the Human Papillomavirus comes in many types, including types that cause genital warts and it can also develop into cervical cancer if not treated.
This virus like many others can be sexually transmitted and many times has no symptoms. By now you’re probably wondering how you would know if you have any of these viruses. In some cases there are symptoms such as bleeding, foul smell, pain, itching, and many others.
Believe it or not some people actually develop the time Human Papillomavirus without sexual relations. On the other hand, many others develop them as a result of sexual contact with multiple partners. No person is immune male or female. It can be diagnosed by your health care provider. Most women endure a pelvic example and are notified of their Pap smear results. If results are abnormal, there are other tests done to see if the type of the virus they have is associated with cervical cancer.
I believe it takes two to tango. Some researchers have said because of the lining of the foreskin many uncircumcised men are especially vulnerable to the virus. Their study looked for penile Human Papillomavirus in uncircumcised men and said these men were three times as more likely than circumcised men to be infected according to Denise Grady, The New York Times, Male Circumcision Is Found To Reduce Cervical Cancer, April 11, 2002.
I agree with most women when I say I dread the yearly Pap smear. There is no dignity in it and it is very uncomfortable. I’m pretty sure, however, a Pap smear is good time to check for precancerous conditions which could develop due to the Human Papillomavirus.
I believe it is important for women to take care of their bodies. Do not smoke because it increases the risks and problems related to Human Papillomavirus. Have sex with just one sexual partner who is not sexual with anyone else and use latex or polyurethane condoms during sexual intercourse. Avoid sex with anyone until genital warts or Human Papillomavirus is treated.
Thank goodness technology and medicine have improved. Medicines such as Acyclovir, a commonly used anti-viral drug, which was first to show no evidence of drug resistance and was effective for treatment of herpes viruses like the Human Papillomavirus. Many people were only withstanding so many injections.
I personally can do without any unnecessary shots. It does take a load off my mind to know there are newer treatments available for these viruses even though most are done in the doctor’s office. Possible treatments include: medicines that are put on the site of the infection, cryotherapy, laser treatment, electrosurgery, and surgery.