Human Papillomavirus also known as HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection.
HPV is usually harmless and goes away by itself, but black women have a higher rate of cervical cancer associated with HPV than white women.
The truth is, there is a lack of awareness about the HPV vaccine in the black community altogether. And what most know about HPV are often misconceptions.
Here are the most common myths and facts about HPV:
Only Women Get It
Fact: Men can actually contract HPV as well.
The truth is, if you’re sexually active (man or woman), you will most likely have at least one 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.