January 14, 2019
What you need to know about cervical cancer.
The human papillomavirus or HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sex. Cervical cancer is preventable with vaccines and regular screening tests. Cervical cancer can be found early and even prevented with routine screening tests.
Do only women need to be concerned about HPV?
No! Any man or woman who has ever had any sexual contact with another person can get HPV, even if they only had one partner, however infections are more likely in people who have had many sex partners. Because males can get HPV, vaccines are also given to pre-teen boys and girls to protect them from HPV infections. These vaccines are recommended at ages 11 or 12, but can start as early as age 9.
Once vaccinated against HPV, women still need Pap tests and HPV tests.
All women should have cervical cancer screenings beginning at age 21. Women ages 21 to 29 should receive a Pap test every 3 years.
HPV infection is very common.
Most HPV infections are cleared by the body without causing problems, but some infections do not clear and can lead to cell changes that might cause cancer. You cannot get HPV from toilet seats, hugging or holding hands, swimming pools or hot tubs, sharing food or utensils, or being unclean. There’s no treatment for the virus itself, but there are treatments for the cell changes that HPV can cause.
Learn more at cancer.org/fightcervicalcancer.
Our providers at Denton South Center are here to provide you with the quality medical care you expect from HSNT. Find out more about our services here: https://www.healthntx.org/index.php/womens-health-and-family-planning/