Dr. Connie Returns in this video to share with you some great tips and advice about what you can do about HPV, the human papillomavirus. Take a look!
I'm Dr. Connie Mariano, chief clinical officer with EmpowHER, with what you can do about HPV.
HPV, or Human Papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection. According to the CDC, it is responsible for 26,000 new canser cases in the US every year.
So what can you do about HPV?
Consider getting vaccinated. For those under 26, the Gardisil and Cervarix vaccines have proven effective in preventing the types of HPV that cause cancer and warts. Two types of HPV cause 70% of all cervical cancers and both vaccinations prevent them. Three doses are recommended.
Limit your sexual partners and practice safe sex. Use condoms but also remember that other areas of the body are also susceptible, so condoms are not 100% effective.
Women should get regular pap tests. Usually, every three to five years. Your doctor can check for precancerous lesions.
And finally, healthy lifestyle choices make a difference. Smoking, poor oral hygiene, and other activities which can compromise your immune system can make your more vulnerable to HPV.
I'm Dr. Connie Mariano with what you can do about HPV.