How do you get HPV and how can you prevent it?

by Rachel on August 23, 2011

Can you get it from oral sex?

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CJ August 23, 2011 at 3:41 am

HPV is transmitted through sex. Either don’t have sex, or use a condom every time.

?Starkissed ? August 23, 2011 at 4:32 am

There are over 100 types of HPV, most commonly it is spread from skin-to-skin contact.

xzoinks August 23, 2011 at 5:09 am

HPV is transmitted through sex, and yes, I do believe you can get it through oral sex. If you haven’t heard of it, they have a new vaccine for girls and boys called Gardasil that prevents certain types of HPV and protects from 75% of the types that cause cervical cancer.

R N August 23, 2011 at 5:55 am

HPV is a virus, spread normally via genital or anal skin contact. Many who have it are asymptomatic, and thus spreads unknowingly by the carrier to others in promiscuous settings, such as college campuses. HPV can cause cervical cancer, as well as genital warts and anal warts.

To prevent it, there’s a vaccine for HPV called Gardasil (for HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18), administered via intramuscular injection. It is recommended women age 9 – 26 years old get the vaccine, and is not for women outside of that age range. FYI, the literature states age 9 because it is known that women willingly and unwillingly are involved in sex as such young age, and menstruation can occur as early too. The vaccine Gardasil was invented to prevent cervical cancer, not to prevent genital and anal warts. Technically a vaccine makes you immune to a virus, including warts in this case. But it is still recommend to have safe sex because Gardasil does not prevent HIV, and other STDs.

Condoms do not prevent HPV because the virus can transmit to ANY skin around the genitals and around the anus (peri-genital, peri-anal), even if the infected person is asymptomatic (has never had an outbreak). Basically, warts can grow in any area that pubic hair grows.

Literature suggests HPV can infect the gums, tongue, and other parts of the mouth. In my opinion, get your partner tested for HPV before having oral sex.

Regardless of the location of the warts when an outbreak begins, there are treatment options such as cryotherapy, lasers, surgery, and medications such as Aldara 5% Cream, Condylox 0.5% Topical Solution, and Podocon-25 25% in Benzoin Tincture.

tarnishedsilverheart August 23, 2011 at 6:11 am

HPV is transmitted through the shedding of virus particles from a person who has an active virus. HPV is transmitted through vaginal and anal sex it can be transmitted through hand to genital sex play and oral sex.

Most often a health immune system keeps in the virus in check.

The only way to totally prevent the virus is through abstinence. More than 50% of the sexually active population carries the virus. This percentage may be higher in the 20 something age group. Condoms do not prevent the transmission of the virus although they do help in the prevention. Gardasil prevents 4 genital HPV types. They are 40 genital HPV types so the vaccine does not prevent all genital HPV types that can cause warts or abnormal cells of the cervix.

There is no FDA approved HPV test for the male. The Pap test and the approved HPV test are for screening the cervix only there is no overall HPV test. No HPV test that can determine a past HPV infection. Sometimes it takes years before abnormal cell changes are see…and many men and women carry the virus with no signs such as a genital wart or abnormal cells of the cervix.

Can HPV infection be prevented?
The surest way to eliminate risk for genital HPV infection is to refrain from any genital contact with another individual.
For those who choose to be sexually active, a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner is the strategy most likely to prevent genital HPV infection. However, it is difficult to determine whether a partner who has been sexually active in the past is currently infected.
HPV infection can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as in areas that are not covered. Although the degree of protection provided by condoms in preventing HPV infection is unknown, condom use has been associated with a lower rate of cervical cancer.
In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gardasil®, a vaccine that is highly effective in preventing infection with types 16 and 18, two “high-risk” HPVs that cause most (70 percent) cervical cancers (4), and types 6 and 11, which cause most (90 percent) genital warts (5).

HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer, is also linked to throat cancer, and oral sex is a major risk factor for both men and women, new research shows.
Having multiple oral sex partners topped the list of practices associated with an increased risk of developing oropharyngeal cancer, according to the study published in the May 10 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

People in the study who reported having a history of six or more oral sex partners were three times as likely to develop the cancer as people who reported that they had never had oral sex.

HPV is probably as common in men as in women. But HPV is not as easily diagnosed in men as in women
There is no test approved to detect HPV in men. But genital warts can be found and treated.
Over 500,000 new cases of anal and genital warts are diagnosed yearly in the United States. About 9 out of 10 of these cases are caused by HPV-6 or HPV-11.

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