An estimated 12 Filipino women die of cervical cancer each day, a disease caused by certain types of HPV or the Human Papillomavirus. These same HPV types can also cause vaginal and vulvar cancers, while other type cause genital warts. Fortunately, women and even men can be vaccinated to help protect themselves from certain HPV diseases.
In men, HPV can cause genital warts, Genital warts affect about 32 million men and women worldwide annually. Fortunately, both men and women can be vaccinated to help protect themselves from certain HPV diseases.
Genital warts, which is the most common viral STI, is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) that can be passed on through sexual consummation as well as through mere genital-to-genital or hand-to-genital contact. Persons with HPV sometimes may not have signs and symptoms of the infection and they do not realize they are infected or that they are transmitting the virus. Â Persistent infection with HPV can lead to genital warts, cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile, and head and neck cancers.
There are more than 100 types of HPV. Of these, more than 40 infect the genital area of both men and women. HPV 16 and 18 account for about 70% of genital cancers while HPV 6 and 11 cause about 90% of genital warts. The PGH study shows that similar to other countries, HPV 6 and 11 are the types associated with genital warts cases in the Philippines.
Another common misconception about STIs is that only homosexual men are at risk of acquiring STIs. In truth, STIs spare no one. Genital warts alone infect approximately 32 million men and women around the world each year regardless of sexual profile. It is highly contagious that more than 75% of sexual partners develop the infection upon exposure.
As a preventive measure, common belief contends that regular condom use is enough deterrent against sexually transmitted infections. However, condoms cannot fully protect men and women from HPV and genital warts because uncovered areas are still at risk for infection.
Monogamy does not guarantee protection against HPV because as mentioned in the PGH study, even people with only one lifetime sexual partner can be infected with HPV and manifest genital warts.
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