HPV facts and figures

• Human papilloma virus commonly termed as HPV infects the skin as well as the mucous membranes.

• Almost 100 different types of HPV have been found to exist, out of which 30 are spread due to genital contact (usually sexual intercourse). Approximately 12 are the “low-risk” types of HPV causing genital warts. In addition, there are 15 “high risk” types of HPV that lead to the development of cervical cancer.

• On the basis of different research, it is estimated that 80 percent of all women and 50 percent of the men and women collectively, at some point in their lives will get one or more types of genital HPV.

• There are a few other factors like smoking that can contribute toward the development of cervical cancer, but HPV has to be present first.

• The vaccine fails to provide protection against all types of HPV that can cause cervical cancers. Therefore, it is necessary to get a regular Pap or an HPV test if you are over 30, even if you are vaccinated. Pap identifies abnormal cells and helps in making sure that these cells are diagnosed and treated timely.

• The most familiar forms of the virus cause warts (papillomas) on the hands, legs, arms and some other areas of the genitals and skin. These wart-like growths are small, cauliflower-type growths that appear on the skin. These types of HPV warts are mostly non-cancerous. Two HPV strains are usually associated with genital warts, numbers 6 and 11 and they manifest in both men and women.

Read more about HPV and its treatment on the Papillex official website.

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