7 HPV Misconceptions
HPV infection at some point in your life. Tough to swallow, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), any person who has close, skin-to-skin contact with another person who has an HPV infection can contract the infection as well.
HPV Causes Cancer
Fact: There are actually over 150 HPV-related viruses and not all strains cause cancer. They actually cause a plethora of different conditions with some of those strains causing skin warts, genital warts, and precancerous changes in cells. The HPV strains that actually causes cancer are referred to as high-risk HPV (types 16 and 18), that can lead to cancer of the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus, penis, and the throat.
Intercourse Causes HPV
Fact: Protecting yourself with condoms can lower your risk of getting HPV, but you can still get the virus if it’s present in any part of the skin not covered by a condom. HPV can technically be spread through skin-to-skin contact, so you don’t have to have sexual intercourse to get it.
Men Can Get Screened for HPV
Fact: Unfortunately, there is no FDA-approved HPV screening test for men. However, women can continue to get screened through their annual Pap smears that can detect HPV in cervical cells and check if their cancerous or not.
HPV Can Be Cured
Fact: At this time there is no treatment available for the HPV virus. However, there are