No, you can’t get HPV from toilet seats, whether it is a public or private one. Period. However, we will now confirm or debunk other myths about HPV.
Also, we give you an overview of HPV. For example, how it is actually transmitted, risk factors, and possible complications.
True or false? What you should know about HPV
It is said that condoms protect you from HPV 100%. This is false.
In reality, using a condom does not prevent the spread of the human papillomavirus, as the base of the penis is left exposed.
It is also false that the virus is transmitted by using a dirty bathroom. The mode of transmission of this disease is through sexual contact with a person with the infection.
It is not true that men are the exclusive carriers of the virus and therefore the ones who infect women. Both are vectors of HPV and can transmit it to their sexual partner.
Although both can suffer from the disease, it is not a virus exclusive to women.
In fact, men can suffer the consequences of HPV. For example, genital warts, throat, penis, or anal cancer.
Is HPV incurable? Another common doubt. Here we tell you that this is false. If your immune system is strengthened, you can cure HPV forever.
So, how is HPV actually transmitted?
HPV is transmitted if you have sex with a person carrying the virus.
It can be through oral, anal, or vaginal sex. However, the most common mode of transmission is during vaginal or anal sex.
Even HPV can be transmitted even when the carrier has no signs or symptoms of the virus.
What are the risk factors for HPV?
If you are a sexually active person, you are at risk of contracting the disease.
The risk is even higher when you are younger and a woman. In this case, it is because the immune system and the cervix have not yet reached maturity.
If your body has a deficit of vitamins A, C, and E due to a poor diet, the risk of contracting HPV increases.
A weakened immune system is synonymous with chronic degenerative diseases that affect your joints, skin, and internal organs.
Possible complications of HPV
70% of infections with this virus are cured within 1 year. If it is a persistent infection, complications may arise. In these cases, precancerous lesions usually develop.
If HPV does not go away on its own, health problems may arise, such as the following:
We are talking about the most common lesions of this virus in the genital areas. They are small bumps or groups of bumps with a very particular shape, similar to cauliflower.
The lesions can be small or larger, flat or raised. It is known that, worldwide, at least 500 million people develop genital warts each year due to HPV.
70% of cervical cancer diagnoses have the human papillomavirus. This type of cancer is the fourth most common in women.
There are also risk factors that increase the likelihood of the virus turning into cervical cancer, including the following:
- Frequent changes in sexual partners
- Having sex at an early age
- Smoking increases the risk of cancer if you have HPV
Learn to identify if you have HPV
After contracting HPV, it may take years, even decades before cancer appears.
There is no test to determine if you have the virus, nor is there an approved test to detect if you have the disease in the throat or mouth.
A definitive test is the Pap smear. With this study, abnormal cells can be detected in the cervix that appear as a result of the disease.
There are cases of people who find out they have HPV when genital warts appear.
Can HPV be prevented?
You can get vaccinated. However, vaccines do not cure the disease once contracted.
They are administered to both men and women as protection against diseases caused by the virus.
There are a total of three doses that are given over a period of 6 months. For maximum effectiveness, all three doses are recommended.
All boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 12 should be vaccinated. Men who have not previously received the vaccine can do so until the age of 21, and women up to the age of 26.
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.
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