HPV and Cervical Cancer Essay

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“O.N.E.L.E.S.S. I wanna be one less one less.” We have all heard the commercials for being one less girl or guy infected with HPV, but do we really know what the commercials are talking about. What is HPV, or better yet what does it stand for? HPV is the abbreviation for the Human Papillomavirus. It is a very common STD and is easily contracted. An HPV infection can be caused by over one hundred related HPV’s. There are four common types of HPV; they are types six, eleven, sixteen, and eighteen. You might be wondering, what are the symptoms? How can I prevent myself from getting HPV? These are the exact things I am going to inform you of. There are over one hundred different types of HPV that we can be infected with. The four most common …show more content…
This doesn’t occur often, but when it does, it can effects the child’s genitals or upper repertory system. People might even ask, what effects could HPV have on me? This is a very important question. HPV can have different effects on different people. For a pregnant woman it can be more risky, because there is a chance that she could pass HPV to her child. On the other hand most HPV has no effects on people at all and will go away on its own. When HPV stays in the body long enough it changes the cells which over a period of ten years can lead to cancers. One of the most common cancers cause is cervical cancer, but it also causes anal cancer and penis cancer. People who have HIV are also at a higher risk of contracting these cancers from HPV. Many people don’t know how to protect themselves from getting HPV in the first place when it is quite simple. The Gardasil vaccine is the newest and most effective way to protect you from getting HPV. Gardasil helps prevent HPV type six, eleven, sixteen, and eighteen, which are the most common types of HPV that cause genital warts and cervical cancer. Gardasil is now a vaccine for both men and women to receive ages nine to twenty six and is given in three doses over a six month period of time. Women who do receive the Gardasil vaccine still need to have their pap tests done to check for any other types of HPV. However, Gardasil does protect women and girls against seventy percent of vaginal

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