Busting the myths about HPV

Busting the myths about HPV

Myth 1: It is a sexually transmitted disease (STD)

HPV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) rather than a disease. The difference in both being that an infection occurs due to the presence of virus in the body but it doesn’t necessarily becomes a disease until the related symptoms start occurring. At a particular time, some infections may be present in body and may never be detected because they tend to stay dormant, never showing the symptoms of the disease. Behind every STD there is an STI, but not every STI potentially develops into an STD. The HPV infection leads to the development of STD’s like anal and cervical cancer, some rare genitalia cancers and genital warts.

Myth 2: It can be treated

No treatment for HPV has yet been discovered but in most of the cases, it has been seen that the body’s immune system wades this virus off in a few years time itself. On the other hand, there is a cure for STD’ s caused by HPV. For instance, genital warts can be treated by the doctor using surgery or freezing kits. Using radiation or chemotherapy, anal and cervical cancers can also be treated.

Myth 3: Brain damage is caused by HPV vaccination

As opposed to the hearsay, HPV vaccines are not known to cause any kind of brain damage. As a matter of fact, HPV vaccines are one of the most safest and don’t cause any side effects. Mild reactions such as allergies and fainting, can be excused because they are associated with all other kinds of vaccines too.

Myth 4: Using condoms can protect you from getting it

It is a fact that condoms can’t protect against all STD’s and SIT’s. The HPV can be transmitted through oral and anal sex i.e. direct skin contact with the infected genitalia of partner. The transmission of this virus is extremely easy and thus chances of spreading of this infection are too high. Also, HPV lies dormant in the human body for a significant number of years before actually coming into action; hence its detection becomes quite difficult. Myth 5: Once taken, its vaccination protects you for lifetime.

According to doctors, vaccination for HPV can last for maximum 10 years in most people but not longer than that. The two kinds of vaccines available are Gardasil, which is applicable for both sexes in the age group of 9 to 26 years and the other is Cervarix, which is only for females in the age group of 10 to 25 years. It is advised that pregnant women, girls less than 9 years of age and boys less than 11 years of age, should not be given any of these vaccines.

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