3. It Can Be Cured
Fact: At this time there is no treatment available for the HPV virus.
However, there are multiple treatment options for symptoms caused by the virus including precancerous lesions, cancers, and genital warts caused by HPV infections.
2. It Always Comes with Symptoms
Fact: The funny thing about HPV, most people who have the virus will actually never develop any symptoms.
According to the CDC, in 90% of HPV cases, a person’s immune system fights off the infection just within the first 2 years of professionals detecting it.
1. It Can Substitute for Your Annual Pap Smear
Fact: When a high-risk type of HPV does persist, it can take years to decades for cancer to actually develop.
This is why women are advised to get screened for cervical cancer every 3 to 5 years. It should happen from ages 21 through 65 and up.
Furthermore, even if you get the HPV vaccine, you still need to get regular Pap smears.
This is needed to screen for cervical cancer. HPV vaccines are consistently being updated to fight off more and more HPV types that can cause cancer.
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