Dr. Connie returns once again to share some vital information about what you need to know about the human papillomavirus (HPV). Take a look at the video and check it out!
I'm Dr. Connie Mariano, Chief Clinical Officer with EmpowHER, with what you need to know about HPV.
HPV, or human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection. According to the CDC, about 90% of people infected with HPV have no symptoms or health problems, and the body gets rid of the infection on its own.
But for a smaller group of women and men, HPV can cause warts and even cancer.
There are at least 40 different types of HPV. Types 16 and 18 cause most types of cancer, including cervical, genital, and rectal cancers. Types 6 and 11 cause warts. The Gardisil vaccine protects against all four and is recommended for boys and girls at age 11 or 12. The Cervarix vaccine protects against the two cancer causing HPV's and is recommended for girls only.
More than 17 thousand young adults were part of a recent large scale HPV study. Researchers found that these vaccinations were effective in preventing HPV, and also prevented new infections for those already infected with HPV.
However, the vaccines did not precent the spread of cancer in those already infected.
I'm Dr. Connie Mariano with what you need to know about HPV.