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How To Prevent Spread Of Hpv
I just got diagnosed with possible low grade abnormality in my HPV test. How do I prevent spreading it to my family members? Can the virus be transmitted through inanimate objects such as clothes or doorknobs? Can it be transmitted through sharing utensil
Had the LEEP procedure for cin3 I wasn't told what type of HPV I carry. What tests need to be done to determine type? Also how do prevent spreading?
CIN 3 and HPV: High risk HPV is associated with CIN 3. The type can be identified on a follow up pap test with HPV. Current guidelines only test for HPV with an ASCUS pap result in women under 30 years of age. This probably is why you did not have an HPV result. Prevention of spread of HPV is by the use of condoms. The HPV immunization is also used to prevent the spread, but is used in the age group from 9-26. ...Read more
I read handsoap isnt enough to kill HPV. If so, how can I prevent HPV from genital wart from spreading to other body parts if accidentally touched?
Tissue specific: These germs tend to grow only in certain locations.The HPV genital wart strain likes the skin of your genital/anal region. It is not going to seed onto areas of your other skin (arms,legs,face,etc.) In people with AIDS it has shown up an areas like the lips, but with normal people it seems contained to those areas. ...Read more
HPV vaccine: HPV types 6,11,16,18 are the most common that cause genital warts and are involved in cervical cancer and are the ones that are included in the vaccine. Technically if you receive the vaccine according to schedule you should not get these types, however not everyone responds to vaccines. Furthermore, it is possible to get strains that are not in the vaccine. So yes, you can still get warts ...Read more
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
Household contact ok: Thanks for the question, ron. You sound like a concerned parent. Since hpv is a sexually transmitted disease, it isn't spread by casual contact--being in the same room, using the same dishes, using the same facilities as your sister won't put them at risk. There is a vaccine available for girls and boys that offers protection against some strains of hpv. The cdc has more info about hpv at cdc.Gov. ...Read more
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