HPV and Cancer

HPV stands for human papillomavirus. There are more than 100 types of HPV. Some types produce warts — plantar warts on the feet and common hand warts. About 40 types of HPV can infect the genital area — the vulva, vagina, cervix, rectum, anus, penis, or scrotum.

HPV (Human papillomavirus) currently is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, and it can lead to various types of cervical cancer and genital warts. According to the CDC, approximately 79 million Americans carry the virus and nearly all sexually active males and females will get some form of HPV at some point in their lives. That is why it is essential for you to take the necessary steps in order to protect yourself from the harmful virus.

We offer the only approved vaccine for HPV, Gardasil, which involves a series of three shots. For more advanced cases of HPV, we also offer special colposcopy treatments for patients who have abnormal Pap smears, cervical abnormalities, or difficulties with detection of HPV. Our physicians and pathologists will coordinate how to protect you from HPV with inoculation or, if necessary, to diagnose HPV and provide the best possible treatment plan for you.

Facts on HPV Vaccines

The HPV vaccine available is— Gardasil which offers protection from several of the most dangerous types of HPV. Gardasil is approved for boys and men, girls and women ages 9 to 26.
Prevention
If you’re sexually active, the best way to prevent HPV and other sexually transmitted infections is to stay in a mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner. Otherwise, when you have sexual intercourse always make sure your partner uses a condom. Regular screening for cervical cancer and precancerous changes of the cervix are extremely important too.

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