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How Do You Catch Hpv
HPV: HPV is a very common virus and there are many strains. Only a few of them are associated with cervical cancer for the female. Once you have the virus it will stay in your system. There is no treatment for the virus. The best prevention at this time is to get the HPV vaccine prior to sexual activity to prevent you from contracting the virus. Screening pap smears is important to look for changes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 100 different types of HPV that causes warts in different areas of the body. HPV is incredibly common and almost all sexually active men and women get it during their lifetime. Most of the time HPV does not cause any symptoms or complications. However, A limited number of these HPV viruses are pathogenic and if not monitored carefully can be responsible for causing cervical and penile cancer. Some of these viruses have been ...Read more
Should I worry about catching hpv if I become intimate w/ someone before getting all 3 shots? (I've had 1 and will get all 3, but that takes 6 months)
Too long, don't wait: Congratulations for a responsible approach to sexual safety, and for being immunized against HPV. The vaccine is highly protective 1 mo. after 2nd dose (2 mo total) -- not quite as good as 3 doses, but close. Also, bad outcomes are rare from any single HPV infection, and condoms reduce risk. So don't let HPV overly dominate romance and rewarding sex. I don't think you need wait 6 months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can't: Take the immunization for hpv and this will protect you from the strains that you have not already met. Everybody has some strains of this ubiquitous virus and most are at worst just minor nuisances. That you're in a relationship and want to be physically close is great, and the hoopla over a virus whose dangerous effects can be prevented by routine health care shouldn't interfere. ...Read more
Is it possible to catch HPV from shared use of towels, toilets, and pants (if they were worn without underwear)?
Am i at risk of catching HPV by trying on a pair of jeans (with my underwear on) previously worn by a friend of mine?
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