Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, yet many women don’t know they have it because it often doesn’t cause symptoms. Some types of HPV cause cervical cancer, but women between the ages of 9 to 26 can protect themselves by getting the HPV vaccine. Call our office in Naples, Florida, or schedule an appointment online to discuss HPV.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the name of a very large group of viruses. In fact, HPV includes more than 100 types of viruses, more than 40 you can pass to a partner through sexual contact.
Most of these viruses don’t cause health problems. However, some of the sexually-transmitted human papillomaviruses cause genital warts. Others, called high-risk HPV, cause cancer.
If you get a high-risk HPV, your body may fight it off. However, if the high-risk virus stays active in your body, it works its way into your cervix where it causes the cells to grow abnormally and develop into cervical cancer.
Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by certain types of human papillomavirus.
It’s important to know that the HPV virus usually doesn’t cause symptoms. You’ll only know you have the virus after it causes warts or progresses to cancerous growths.
If you have any unusual symptoms, please don’t wait to schedule an appointment at Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples. Cervical cancer can usually be cured when it’s found and treated at an early stage.
The HPV vaccine, Gardasil 9, helps protect you from cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancer as well as genital warts when you get the vaccine before exposure to high-risk HPV.
Studies show that Gardasil 9 effectively prevents infection and disease from nine HPV types, including seven types that cause cervical and other cancers, and two types responsible for 70% of all cases of cervical cancer.
Girls and young women between the ages of 9 to 26 years can receive the Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine. Call us to learn more at Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples.