Intimacy is one of the greatest joys of life, but the fear of transferring STDs and STIs can often put a damper on things. One of the most common STDs is the human papillomavirus, otherwise known by the acronym HPV. HPV is very common, but despite this, it still causes a lot of panic and fear amongst the uninformed. Whether you or your partner have HPV, or perhaps you’re just looking to find out more information regarding HPV antiviral treatment, understanding the causes and frequency of HPV is important.
First of all, it’s no big deal. Almost a third of all Americans have HPV, and if you have it, you’re not alone by any means. It’s very common for people, especially sexually active people, to eventually run into HPV. However, although tens of millions of Americans have HPV, there is still a lot of ignorance and misinformation surrounding it.
First and foremost, if you’re concerned about any suspicious symptoms, consult with a physician to get your case checked out. One common misconception is that if you have HPV, there must be some life-threatening danger. While there are kinds of HPV that are cancer-causing, most individuals with HPV do not have to worry about cancer.
HPV is contracted via skin-to-skin contact with someone else who has HPV. Once a case is confirmed, it’s simple enough for most patients to treat it with HPV antiviral medications. Antiviral drugs for HPV are very effective.
One of the common misconceptions is that HPV can only be developed from sex with others. For example, some think it’s impossible for a completely faithful and healthy monogamous couple to develop HPV. Well, that’s not true, contrary to popular belief. In the event that you do develop HPV, it’s important to tell your partner.
Although there are forms of treatment, ultimately, prevention is the best route in regards to HPV. Vaccinations, regular testing, good hygiene, and abstinence are the most effective forms of prevention.
For more information about HPV or HPV antiviral treatments, talk to the experts at Rao Dermatology during a consultation at one of our offices in Fresno, Hanford, Woodbridge, Atlantic Highlands, or Manhattan. Contact us today to book a consultation!