“HPV (the virus). Approximately 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. Another 6 million people become newly infected each year. HPV is so common that at least 50% of sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives.”
Freaking out about it is stupid. If you’ve had more than one partner, odds are pretty good that you have it anyway. I give these rants a big eyeroll.
Sadly, I’m about to get all serious on lamebook for a moment… I apologize in advance. Feel free to skip this.
HPV is a big deal, and there are hundreds of strains. It does/can lay dormant for some time (so it’s easily spread), and seems to cause more problems in women than men, though there is research that is now pointing to some strains causing elevated rates of uro-genital cancer in men, as well.
Certain HPV strains in women can cause cancer or infertility, and other than sawing out chunks of your cervix, there isn’t much to treat it at them moment.
Aside from cancer, HPV can lead to genital warts(!). And HPV can be transmitted even when using a condom, if the virus is present in an area the condom does not cover and you have enough contact between partners.
I have been paying attention. The vaccine is still too new for my comfort level, with regards to giving it to my children. Thankfully, I’ve got a few more years before they are at that age. Secondly it doesn’t protect from all HPV. There are tons of different strains out there. A person who has the vaccine is still at risk of getting HPV, just not particular strain. Caution still needs to be take with regards to sexual partners, and behaviour.
It is very common, and some strains are not at all trivial. But a person with HPV doesn’t exactly stand out in a crowd, since such a high percentage do carry it.
sigh… so what makes you uncomfortable about the vaccine? just cuz its new? And you always have to be careful with sex partner and behavior… but like you said hpv is everywhere… the vaccine for preteen girls is pretty much the only way to stop it
@slimjayz and @wordpervert, today I love you both (in a totally platonic, non-HPV-ish sort of way).
Get vaccinated ladies. People made the same stupid “It’ll make kids more promiscuous” and “Oh, but is not getting dead really worth the minuscule risk of injection reaction?”, arguments about the Hep B vaccine when Miss Shegas was a young girl.
Guess what? It simply kept more people from getting an incurable disease; it didn’t make them more or less likely to fuck; it’s now part of standard immunizations.
Damnit, I hate being forced out of my lamebook levity by real life stuff…
The main aim of the vaccine is cervical cancer protection.
The strains it protects against are those that lend themselves to cancer formation.
As for those that cause warts and the like, well that’s another issue. Safe sex overall is the best prevention.
Getting a STI is not good I know, a hassle, often one for the long haul, with many implications for future sexual relationships and child birth.
But HPV related infections of the warty type won’t kill you, cervical cancer can.