DR. GAFANOVICH DOES NOT ADMINISTER HPV VACCINATIONS. UPON YOUR REQUEST, YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO WEST SIDE GROUP OF SPECIALISTS WHO CARRY THIS TYPE OF VACCINE. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT HPV IS NORMALLY NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE PLAN.
The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the leading cause of cervical cancer in women. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease, of which there are about 40 types. An HPV infection leads to certain types of cancer in men and women and genital warts, but most people who contact the disease have no symptoms. Cancers caused by the papillomavirus are very common, but can be prevented by the new HPV vaccine.
Symptoms of an HPV infection are usually genital warts. Most people who contract HPV have no symptoms at all. Increased pap smears have led to the diagnosis and treatment of many HPV related cancers. It is very important to have pap smears regularly if you are sexually active. A person can have an HPV infection for years without knowing it, and can unwittingly spread the disease.
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There is no treatment for HPV, and no cure. Genital warts are the only visible sign of HPV. Within two years of contracting HPV, most of those with the disease will have no signs of it. However, the virus can lay dormant in the body and is still able to be spread through unprotected sexual contact. Genital warts may appear weeks, months or even years after sexual contact with an infected person, but cancers take years to develop. Pregnant women can spread HPV to their fetuses.
75% of sexually active adults in America will contract HPV at some point in their lives. It is estimated that 80% of American women will have contracted at least one strain of HPV by age 50. HPV is leading to endemic cancers in women and is a very pertinent health issue for both women and men.
Testing for HPV is limited. Because there are so many strains of the disease, there is no one-size-fits-all HPV test. If the virus is dormant in the system and no signs present themselves, it is impossible to detect, but still contagious. It is an extremely dangerous disease group.
There are two effective vaccines to protect against HPV, but they do nothing to treat existing cases. A series of three shots given over a six month period is given in order to inoculate against human papillomavirus. Women should continue to get regular pap smears even if they have been vaccinated. It is strongly advised that girls and boys over the age of 12 be vaccinated, and will most likely become a required vaccine for American children.
Condoms are useful tools to protect against HPV, but are not always effective. Any infected skin lesions and mucus membranes can come into contact with the exposed skin of an uninfected individual and lead to the spread of the disease. Recent studies suggest that anti-microbial agents can be used to prevent the spread of HPV if used prior to sexual contact on the genital regions. Some personal lubricants containing carrageenan can also help prevent the disease. However, your best defense against the contraction of HPV is to get the vaccination or abstain from sexual contact.
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Traveling outside of USA and concerned about your health? Travel vaccinations are recommended for many destinations. Find out about the requirements and talk to a physician.
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It is advisable for all Americans to be vaccinated against HPV. If you plan on traveling outside of the United States it is especially important to be inoculated.