Love, Sex aur HPV Prevention against Cervical Cancer

In the digital era finding, love is as easy as signing up on a dating site! No more scouting around in clubs, bars or parties, looking for someone hot to catch your eye. Also, no more awkward conversation starters, or even reading the body language of a potential partner to see if they are interested. I know what you are thinking, you still need to be really good at sending the right signals via messaging till the time you choose to meet up for a real date, in person.

So, your first date leads to second and next and pretty soon you are seeing each other often. While it’s tempting to tumble into bed straightaway, you need to be clear about protection from STIs.

Did you know that an infection like HPV (Human Papillomavirus) can spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact during sex? Unfortunately, it is an STI (sexually transmitted infection) which isn’t being talked about enough.

Why you should be bothered about HPV?

HPV is a real concern because unprotected sex can lead to multiple viruses and infections. Most sexually active women often are affected by HPV. 1  You can get this virus by deep kissing, oral sex, and even intimate skin-to-skin contact during vaginal and anal sex.  Before we talk about how serious this virus can be to your health, let us understand more about the HPV infection and HPV Prevention for women.

HPV Prevention for women
HPV Prevention for women

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What is HPV?

Human Papillomavirus is a commonly transmitted virus among men and women who are sexually active. There are over 100+ HPV types. Out of these, 14 are high-risk and are cancer-causing.  Most males and females who are sexually active have a high chance of getting HPV – I’m talking 80% chances of getting it! The infections will go away on their own depending on the body’s immune system. But if it doesn’t, HPV infections can cause cancers or diseases, namely- 

  1. Cervical cancer
  2. Anal cancer
  3. Vulvar cancer
  4. Vaginal cancer, and
  5. Genital Warts

As you can see, HPV is a virus that can affect the women in your family. Also, cervical cancer is the 2nd most common & frequent cancer in Indian women. In fact, every 9 minutes, a woman loses her life to cervical cancer in India.

Can HPV be treated?

Unfortunately, there is no treatment for this virus but there is a preventive HPV vaccine for women and men.

How can I protect myself from contracting HPV?

Whether you are a man or a woman, there are multiple ways you can opt to reduce the chances of contracting HPV. Here are a few ways to protect yourself and your partner.

  1. Get an HPV Vaccine. You can consult your doctor about the recommended age for taking the vaccine.
  2. Use condoms and dental dams while having sexual intercourse always. This reduces the chances of contracting HPV and other STDs and STIs. However, it is not a foolproof method.
  3. Go for regular PAP smear checkups.

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Conclusion:

In India, only a minor fraction of our population knows about this virus. But we cannot stay ignorant anymore. HPV Prevention for women and men is essential in India owing to our huge population.

Cancer does not just affect the patient, but it impacts the entire family, and it can be prevented. Hence, let us educate our family and friends circle about HPV prevention including vaccination. This vaccine can help your sister, partner, friend, and colleague reduce the risk of getting HPV-induced cancer.

Read more here and consult the expert about your HPV risk and its prevention.
Issued in public interest by MSD India.
This information is for awareness only. Consult your doctor for more information on HPV.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Kapila says:

    Thank you for sharing such important information on HPV.

  2. Cindy DSilva says:

    Good informative blog and love the flow.

  3. Pratibha says:

    Thank you for this useful post! HPV has been explained very well.

  4. Varsh says:

    Prevention and protection are the best ways to save ourselves from HPV infection. Useful post!

  5. Aesha Shah says:

    Thanks for sharing important information on HPV. It is a serious condition and one should know it can be easily prevented with vaccination.

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