HPV (human papilloma virus) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. Data indicate that the virus affects up to 90% of sexually active men and women worldwide. Therefore, it is important to be well informed about everything related to HPV - what it is, what dangers it poses to our he alth, how we can protect ourselves from infection, and what to do if we have already contracted the virus.
The probability of encountering the virus at least once in our life is high. In most people, however, the infection will not lead to serious he alth consequences. Most often, HPV is cleared from the body within a few years. It is very possible that the infected person does not even know that he is living with the virus, since in most cases the infection is asymptomatic.
However, it is not uncommon for the human papilloma virus to cause the appearance of genital warts or the development of certain types of oncological diseases such as cancer of the head and neck, penis, anus, vulva and vagina. HPV is most commonly associated with cervical cancer because almost every case of cervical cancer is caused by HPV infection. For this reason, every woman infected with human papillomavirus should pay special attention to cervical cancer screening. It's key to every woman's he alth, but with an established HPV infection, regular screening can be lifesaving.
It is recommended that we take preventive measures against HPV infection and possible subsequent diseases. The best way we can do that is through vaccination. The vaccine against human papilloma virus is given to boys and girls before starting sexual life, and with its help, the risk of developing some serious oncological diseases is significantly reduced.It is important to remember that prevention is the best treatment and the vaccine can save many lives.