WHAT IS HPV?
- HPV is the most commonly spread STD (sexually transmitted disease)
- It is different from HSV (Herpes) and HIV
- Many different types identified (>150)
HOW IS HPV SPREAD?
- You can get HPV by having oral, vaginal, or anal sex with someone who has the virus
- It is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex
- HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms
- Anyone who is sexually active can get HPV, even if you have had sex with only one person
- You also can develop symptoms years after you have sex with someone who is infected making it hard to know when you first became infected
DOES HPV CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEM?
- Commonly HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problem
- But when it does not go away it leads to genital warts and cancers
DOES HPV CAUSE CANCER?
- HPV can cause cervical cancer, vulva, vaginal, anal and penile
- It can also lead to other cancer including oropharyngeal ( back of the throat and tonsil)
- It takes years or decades before cancer develops
- The HPV that causes genital warts are not the same as the HPV that can cause cancers
HOW CAN I PREVENT MYSELF FROM GETTING HPV?
- Use latex condom the right way to prevent transmission of all kind of STDs
- But HPV can affect those areas not covered by condom
- So you may still contract HPV
2. Get vaccinated
- It is safe and effective
- It protects both males and females from getting HPV if given in the recommended age group
3. Get screened for HPV /cervical cancer
- Cervical cancer screening (PAP smear) is recommended for women in age group of 25-65 every 1 – 3 years
- HPV screening – for high risk individuals.
- Routine HPV screening is not recommended in Singapore
4. Sexual contact
- Be in a monogamous relationship – have sex only with someone who only has sex with you
WHO SHOULD GET VACCINATED?
- Ideally vaccinated before your first sexual contact for maximum benefits
- In Singapore, the recommended age range for vaccination is9 – 26 years old for both males and females.
- 3x doses of HPV vaccine are given over a period of 6 months.
I’M PREGNANT. WILL HPV AFFECT MY PREGNANCY?
- If you have HPV during pregnancy, you can potentially develop genital wart or abnormal cell changes on your cervix
- You can continue routine cervical screening even during pregnancy
IS THERE A TREATMENT FOR HPV?
- There is no treatment for the virus itself
- However there are treatment for the health problems caused by the virus
Get yourself and your loved ones screened and vaccinated today.
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