Learn the ABCs of HPV

HPVHuman papillomavirus, or HPV, is an incredibly common disease that is actually a group of more than 100 viruses.

According to the CDC, about 79 million people in the United States currently are infected with HPV, and 14 million will become infected each year. Here are a few things you should know about HPV so you can be prepared:

1. A lot of people get HPV

80% of women get HPV before the age of 50. Most of the time, HPV goes away on its own. However, there are occasions where HPV can have long-term effects on people.

2. HPV doesn’t have a singular meaning

Scientists have identified more than 170 different types of HPV, and they continue to find more. According to the most recent studies, 40 types of HPV are spread through some form of sexual contact, 12 are linked to cancer, and two are HPV-related cancers.

3. Men can get HPV too

According to the CDC, almost all sexually active men will contract HPV at some point in their lives, and they contract it the same way as women do. Even though it goes away on its own a majority of the time, if it persists, it can cause cancer of the anus, penis, and throat.

4. It Can Cause Throat Cancer

HPV is a huge reason behind the increase in throat cancer, and doctors predict that it will cause more throat cancers than cervical cancers by 2020. Common symptoms include hoarseness and pain when swallowing.

5. Good Oral Hygiene Can Protect Against HPV

A recent study of 3,500 people showed that those with poor oral hygiene were 56 percent more likely to get HPV. While the main link is unknown, it’s important to focus on oral hygiene to protect against a variety of diseases.

6. There’s a Vaccine for HPV

There are two approved vaccines for HPV – Gardasil and Cervarix. Both require three different vaccines at separate times, but one dose might actually be enough. For a vaccine that protects against precancers of the vulva, vagina, and anus, choose Gardasil. CDC guidelines suggest girls should get the vaccine between 11 and 12 years of age.

7. Boys Can Get the Vaccine Too

Gardasil is also approved for 11 and 12 year old boys. Giving the vaccine to boys can also indirectly protect their future partners

Get the HPV Vaccine in Boca Raton

Women’s Health Partners, LLC provides HPV vaccines to patients throughout the Boca Raton area. To schedule an appointment with one of our physicians or want to receive more information about the HPV vaccine, call one of our offices today.

 

 

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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