Human papillomavirus (HPV) is now recognized as the major cause of cervical cancer. In 2006, an estimated 10,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with this type of cancer and nearly 4,000 will die from it. Cervical cancer strikes nearly half a million women each year worldwide, claiming a quarter of a million lives.
Genital HPV infection is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Human papillomavirus is the name of a group of viruses that includes between 70 and 100 different strains or types.
Most people who have a genital HPV infection do not know they are infected. The virus lives in the skin or mucous membranes and usually causes no symptoms. Some people get visible genital warts, or have pre-cancerous changes in the cervix, vulva, anus, or penis. Very rarely, HPV infection results in anal or genital cancers.
One of the most important risk factor for cervical cancer is infection by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Researchers believe that infection with the HPV virus is required in order for women do develop cervical cancer. HPV combines with other factors and may lead to cervical cell changes that can cause cancer. However, not all women with the HPV virus will get cervical cancer. In fact, most will not.
You definitely should tell your partner if you have been diagnosed with HPV. Open, honest communication about STDs is an important conversation that will open the door to your partner sharing any STD diagnosis of their own. This will give you the opportunity to protect yourself as well. In addition, the vast majority of couples find that honest communication about sensitive topics brings them closer together.
If you have HPV, you are not alone. HPV is a common virus with between 70 and 100 different varieties. About 40 types of HPV can infect the genital area - the vulva, vagina, cervix, rectum, anus, penis, or scrotum. But most of the time, HPV causes no symptoms or health problems and goes away by itself within two years. Experts do not know why HPV goes away in many, but not all women.
Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus, and there are between 70-100 different strains or types. Most sexually active people in the United States (U.S.) will have HPV at some time in their lives.
HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus, a group of viruses that can cause warts in the genital area and on other areas of the body. HPV is sexually transmitted and has been linked to cervical cancer. However, most people with HPV do not develop cancer and in many cases HPV infection goes away on its own.
In 2006, a new vaccine came on the market that is the first vaccine that prevents cervical cancer and other diseases in women that are caused by certain strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV). The vaccine is called Gardasil and it protects against the cause of 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of cervical warts.