HPV: The Human Papillomavirus

HPV and the HPV Vaccine

The human papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted infection that comes in many different strains. Some of its strains are the reasons behind genital warts, and other strains have been linked to cervical cancer. For more information on HPV's symptoms and transmission, take a look at our article on What Is HPV. You may also want to do some reading about the new HPV vaccines being developed as a form of HPV prevention.

However, with the development of a vaccine to prevent the spread of HPV there have been many questions about HPV and morality, more often dubbed the vaccine controversy.  Find out more about these issues and decide if the HPV vaccine is right for you or for your loved ones. 

Risks of HPV in Pregnancy and Child Birth

Also learn more about the risks of having HPV when you are pregnant and about what can happen to babies if you have HPV.  If you are suffering from an outbreak of genital warts or herpes during childbirth your baby is at risk of contracting your infection.  This infection can then lodge in your baby's throat causing your child difficulty breathing.  By understanding the risks involved with having HPV you will be better prepared to have a safe and healthy pregnancy and baby. Information is the first step in prevention.  Also get great tips on how to tell your partner that you have HPV.

Cancer Risks and HPV

Being infected with HPV doesn't just involve horrible genital wart outbreaks.  There are many other risk factors involved in contracting this STD.  Find out more about how many strands of HPV can lead to cervical cancer in women and to penile cancer in men.  Regular medical checkups with your healthcare provider are key in preventing the development of these deadly forms of cancer.  If you currently do not have HPV then you might want to rethink getting the HPV vaccine to help prevent your future chances of developing cervical cancer.