Guard Against HPV

What is HPV?

What is HPV?

HPV FACTS

HPV Facts

As parents, you have the power to protect your child from the dangers of HPV. By simply learning more about the disease, you are already taking a step forward to guarding your child’s future and health from the threat of HPV and various cancers.

  • Human papillomavirus or HPV is a virus that could affect your daughter or son.
  • HPV is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract.
  • There are over 100 types of HPV. Although most are relatively harmless causing skin warts (locally known as kulugo) in the hands and feet, there are approximately 40 types of HPV that can infect the genital area.
  • There are 15-20 identified high-risk types of HPV that can cause cancers and diseases.
  • In most cases, HPV is cleared by the body’s immune system. Other types of HPV can’t be flushed out of the body and can cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in females and anal cancer in both males and females. Other HPV types can lead to genital warts in both males and females.
  • HPV often has no visible signs or symptoms, so many people are unaware that they have HPV. This means that someone can pass on the virus without knowing it. Aside from this, there is also no way of predicting who will or will not be able to clear the virus.

WHO CAN GET HPV?

HPV affects both males and females.

HPV is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract

WHO CAN GET HPV?

  • While you may have heard about the link between HPV and cervical cancer, it is important to emphasize that the virus doesn’t just affect females. HPV affects both men and women.
  • HPV can cause anal, head and neck, and penile cancers, as well as genital warts. In males, HPV infection can cause genital warts and cancers involving the anus, penis, head and neck.
  • HPV infection is mainly spread by skin-to-skin contact, fomites, direct genital or sexual contact.
  • Even if your son or daughter is not having sex, exposure can happen with any kind of adolescent experimentation that involves genital contact with someone who has HPV — intercourse isn’t necessary, but it is the most common way to get the virus. Skin-to-skin contact with a person who may have touched an infected body part may also trigger an infection.
  • Since HPV often has no signs or symptoms, many people who have the virus do not even know it. Talk to your child’s doctor about guarding your son or daughter from HPV-related cancers and diseases before your adolescent son or daughter is exposed.

HPV affects both males and females.

HPV is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract.

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR NOW
about HOW YOU CAN GUARD YOUR KID
against HPV and HPV-RELATED CANCERS.
TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR NOW
about HOW YOU CAN GUARD
YOUR KID againts HPV
and HPV-RELATED CANCERS.