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Ten Things Every Woman Should Know About HPV

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You may have heard about a viral infection called human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV often causes changes in the cervix— the lower part of the uterus (womb) that connects the uterus to the vagina. High-risk HPV infections can also lead to cancer.

Here are the top 10 things you should know about HPV:

  1. HPV is a group of more than 150 viruses, 40 of which are sexually transmitted. At least eight out of every 10 women who have ever had sex will get HPV at some time in their lives. HPV is most common in young women who are in their late teens or early 20s, according to the American Cancer Society.
  2. It is possible to keep passing HPV back and forth from partner to partner. Condoms can help prevent HPV, but are not foolproof. HPV may be present on skin that is not covered by the condom. The only way to completely prevent giving or getting HPV is by not having vaginal, oral, or anal sex.
  3. There is no treatment for HPV viruses. There are treatments for the cell changes in the cervix that HPV can cause. If your Pap test shows cell changes, your doctor or nurse will discuss these treatments with you if you need them.
  4. It is unknown for certain once a person has some types of HPV if they could always be a carrier of the virus. Research conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) show some types of HPV either goes away on its own, or cannot be found, within one to two years. This happens in 90 percent of women. Once the virus is gone, it is highly unlikely a person will contract that type of HPV again, but you can contract a different type. However, be aware some types of HPV can persist for years.
  5. Persistent HPV infections are now recognized as the cause of essentially all cervical cancers, according to NIH. It was estimated in 2010, about 12,000 women in the United States would be diagnosed with this type of cancer and more than 4,000 would die from it. Cervical cancer is diagnosed in nearly half a million women each year worldwide, claiming a quarter of a million lives annually.

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I've been told by 4 different doctors that you cannot keep passing the same strain of hpv back & forth if you are with the same partner. That it doesn't ping pong. It is possible to pass a different strain, and it is possible to carry more than one strain.

August 21, 2014 - 1:37pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am not for that vaccine thing because it has side effects that can be really serious. One friend recommended Papiloma krema, its herbal creme and it killed my warts in about month and they never returned. But my GWs were only 3 months old.

August 12, 2014 - 2:01am

Hi ,
Thanks for sharing this article.Great information to be known.You have properly covered all the information which made it easy to understand.

June 23, 2014 - 2:44am

Thank you for sharing , and highlighting more about HPV.

February 6, 2014 - 2:57pm

Thank you for increasing awareness to HPV. It is becoming so common that we need to spread awareness for it.

Marielaina Perrone DDS

October 7, 2012 - 3:36pm

In 2010 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, stage 2B, and underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy, including 3 brachytherapys. After recently having a smear test and a scan, nothing has shown up. My question is, have the treatments killed the HPV virus?

October 2, 2011 - 10:46am
Blogger (reply to clickityclick)

I wish I knew the answer to your question. Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy are treatments for a specific condition as you know. I do not know their secondary effects, such as killing a virus. It's an excellent question and by now I hope you have received an answer. I'd love to know what you found out.

January 29, 2012 - 8:12pm

There is no medical treatment to cure HPV because it is a virus. There are surgical options which can risk your cervix competency should you become pregnant. There is no great treatment option I know of except a homeopathic remedy which was developed in Germany. How do I know this? I lived it.

At first I tried the traditional medical HPV treatments of freezing the cervix and laser surgery. Each time, the condition came back worse. I sought treatment from Dr. Abrahm Ber, a homeopath in Scottsdale, AZ. He gave me a 60 day remedy, I changed my diet and thought positive thoughts. That was 19 years ago and I have had normal Pap smears ever since. How does it work? I have no idea. I do know I am willing to face the embarassment of admitting to HPV because I can educate women that there is an option not utilized by Western Medicine and I know it can help.

If you are ready and willing to be open to a treatment that's different, but effective, I would highly recommend this homeopathic remedy. I WISH I remembered what it was called. Do some research and I'm sure you can find out.

Good luck!
Davina Fankhauser
President - Fertility Within Reach

July 21, 2011 - 2:27pm
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Anonymous (reply to Fertility within Reach)

Currently, there is no cure for HPV (human pappillomavirus). However, treatment is available for the changes HPV can cause to the cervix. There is also treatment for the genital warts that are caused by HPV. The next best thing to a cure is protecting yourself by not having sex, by only having sex in a mutually monogamous relationship, or by getting the vaccine. The key is to develop a good immune system. You're able to do this through consuming particular foods, Read This Article: Diet for HPV and Genital Wart

While there is no HPV cure, there is an approved vaccine available to prevent infection. There is also treatment for the changes that the virus can cause on the cervix, as well as treatment for gennital warts.

April 17, 2012 - 9:35am
Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

For those who read your post, there is a need to clarify there is no Western Medicine that cures HPV. There are Western Medical treatments for the condition. To generally say there is no cure is disseminating inaccurate information.

From personal experience I know for a fact there is a natural remedy that does CURE HPV. Literally, the virus is gone, no side effects, and it stays away. I had several surgeries without long term success. I'm not a sales person. It has been 20 years since I took the natural remedy and don't even remember what it was called. I do know I have had zero virus and all normal annual pap exams since I took the treatment. The majority of Western Medicine health care providers will likely have no idea what this option is. I would contact a Homeopathic physician near you.

I believe in both Western and Eastern medicine. I hope you find a balance and find the care you need. Just remember, HPV can be cured!!!

May 2, 2012 - 9:48am
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