MYTHS VS. FACTS

  

 

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MYTHS VS. FACTS


Myth: I'm the only person I know with HPV.

FACT:  It's easy to understand why so many people hold this misunderstanding about HPV. After all, public awareness of the virus is extremely low. Most people have never even heard of HPV until they are diagnosed.

Those struggling with this troubling condition or strange new diagnosis rarely discuss it with others, since it would seem unlikely that they would understand. And others--your second-best friend, your cousin, your coworker, your neighbor across the street--likewise feel constrained to keep silent about their HPV, thinking that you wouldn't understand.

Myth: Only people who have casual sex get STIs.

FACT:  Even with up to 19 million Americans contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) each year, many people continue to believe that only "someone else"--for example, people who have multiple partners, sex outside of marriage, or a different lifestyle--are at risk.

It is true that a higher number of sexual partners over the course of a lifetime does correlate with a higher risk for STIs, including HPV. This is not because of any moral judgment concerning "casual" sex as compared with "committed" sex, but simply because the more sexual partners you have, the more likely you will have a partner who (knowingly or unknowingly) is carrying an STI.

Myth: An HPV diagnosis means someone has cheated.

FACT:  This myth has been responsible for a great deal of anger, confusion, and heartache. It has led many people to tragically come to wrong conclusions.

The virus can remain in the body for weeks, years, or even a lifetime, giving no sign of its presence. Or a genital HPV infection may produce warts, lesions, or cervical abnormalities after a latent period of months or even years.

Myth: Genital warts lead to cervical cancer.

FACT:   The truth is that the fleshy growths we call genital warts are almost always benign. In the vast majority of cases, they do not lead to cancer, turn into cancer, or predispose a person toward developing cancer.

Myth: An abnormal Pap means a woman is at high risk for cervical cancer.

FACT:  First of all, an abnormal Pap test can be caused by factors other than the presence of a high-risk HPV type. When a Pap test comes back as "abnormal," it means just that: Under the microscope, the appearance of a few cells in this sample differs in some way from the classic appearance of healthy, intact cervical cells. The difference could be due to local irritation, a non-HPV infection, a low-risk HPV type, or even a mistake in the preparation of the cell sample.

To help sort out the various possibilities, a woman with an abnormal Pap test is often asked to come back to the doctor's office and have the test repeated. Most non-significant reasons for an abnormal result last only a short time, and so repeating the Pap test after a few months usually weeds these out.

Myth: If I have warts or dysplasia, I will have recurrences for the rest of my life.

FACT:  Warts and dysplasia do come back in some cases, but by no means all. When they recur, they show varying persistence: Some people experience just one more episode, and others several. The good news for most people is that with time, the immune system seems to take charge of the virus, making recurrences less frequent and often eliminating them entirely within about two years.

Myth: Older women don't need Pap tests.

FACT:  Unfortunately, this myth is shared by many women and healthcare providers alike. Women who are past reproductive age may no longer visit a gynecologist, believing that they no longer need regular Paps. In many cases, no other provider recognizes the need for continued Pap screening. Data from the 1992 National Health Interview Survey indicate that one-half of all women age 60 and older have not had a Pap test in the past three years.

According the guidelines published by the American Cancer Society in 2002, women age 70 and older may discontinue screening if they have 3 or more normal Pap tests, and no abnormal tests in the last 10 years.

Myth: A pregnant woman with genital warts is very likely to have a child with respiratory papillomatosis.

FACT:  This myth refers to a possibility that, during childbirth, the baby may contract the human papillomavirus while passing through the mother's HPV-infected birth canal. The risk is real but quite small, and has been associated with only two specific types of HPV: 6 and 11.

Myth: Lesbians don't need regular Pap tests.

FACT:  This myth is based on an overly simple view of how HPV can be transmitted. Certainly, penile-vaginal sex can pass the virus along from one partner to another, but HPV can be passed through other forms of skin-to-skin contact as well.  The use of sex toys might also be a possibility another form to contact the virus.

Myth: If a woman has an abnormal Pap, her male partner should get an HPV test.

FACT:  Based on our experience with other infections, this would seem like a good idea. However, thus far there is no diagnostic test that can accurately determine whether a man is carrying an HPV infection. And even if he does, there is no way to treat him for the virus.

Myth: If I've always used condoms, I'm not at risk for HPV.

FACT:  Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Used correctly, condoms are very effective against STIs such as gonorrhea and HIV that are spread through bodily fluids. However, they are likely to be less protective against STIs that spread through skin-to-skin contact, such as HPV and herpes. The reason is simply that condoms do not cover the entire genital area of either sex. They leave the vulva, anus, perineal area, base of the penis, and scrotum uncovered, and contact between these areas can transmit HPV.

That is not to say condoms are useless. In fact, studies have shown condom use can lower the risk of acquiring HPV infection and reduce the risk of HPV-related diseases, as well as help prevent other STs and unintended pregnancy. For these reasons, condoms should play an important part in any new or non-monogamous sexual relationship.

Source of above information: NCCC

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need all 3 shots of the vaccine?
Yes! You may not be fully protected if you don’t receive all three shots.

Will the vaccine help my HPV go away faster?
No, the vaccines do not treat HPV or related diseases.

Why should my son get the vaccine? I thought it was only for girls.
Males are at risk for HPV, too. HPV vaccination can protect boys against genital warts and anal cancer.

My children are not yet sexually active, do they need the vaccine?
The vaccine is most effective before the onset of sexual activity.  The CDC recommends vaccinating girls / boys at 11-12 years old.
My children are older than 11 or 12. Is it too late to get the vaccine?
Vaccination is recommended males and females through age 26.

If I get the vaccine I won’t have to worry about HPV anymore, right?
HPV vaccines will not eliminate all HPV or cervical cancer. The vaccines prevent the HPV types that cause 70% of cervical cancer cases. But there are other types of HPV (not covered in the vaccine) that could cause disease.

If someone is sexually active can they still get the vaccine?
Those who are already sexually active may have been exposed to one of the types of HPV that the vaccines protect against. There is still benefit though in that is unlikely that they have been exposed to all types covered by the vaccines.

How safe is the vaccine?
The safety of both HPV vaccines was studied in clinical trials before they were licensed. For Gardasil, over 29,000 males and females participated in these trials. Cervarix was studied in over 30,0000 females participating in several clinical trials performed all over the world.

What are the most common side effects?
  • Soreness where you got the shot. 
  • Redness and soreness and some pain where the shot is given.
  • About 1 person in 10 will get a mild fever. 
  • About 1 person in 30 will get itching where they got the shot.
  • About 1 person in 60 will experience a moderate fever. 
These symptoms do not last long and go away on their own.

IMPORTANT! Women need a regular Pap test, even if they have received the HPV/cervical cancer vaccine.  Even if a woman has had the HPV/cervical cancer vaccine, she will continue to require her regular cervical cancer screen by the Pap test and HPV test when recommended. The vaccines don’t protect against all types of HPV that can cause cancer. Early detection saves lives.

Source of above information: NCCC

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