HPV

HPVWhat is it?

  • Most common STD in the US
  • Almost all sexually active adults will be exposed to some strain of HPV in their lifetime
  • There are a variety of strains of HPV, but only 4 strains are particularly worrisome: 2 that cause cervical cancer & 2 that cause genital warts

How do you get it?

  • Through unprotected anal, vaginal, or oral sex with an infected person
  • Even if an infected person shows no symptoms, he or she is still contagious
  • It’s most commonly spread through vaginal and anal sex

Symptoms

  • There are usually no signs or symptoms
  • The only way to know if you have it is to get tested

Prevention

  • The only way to 100% prevent HPV is by abstaining from oral, vaginal, and anal sex
  • Gardasil is a vaccine that protects against many strains of HPV
  • Reduce your number of sex partners
  • Practicing safer sex can reduce your risk
    • Use male or female condoms for anal and vaginal sex
    • Use dental dams and male condoms for oral sex
    • Use protection the whole time, every time