It is predicted that HPV or human papillomavirus causes the most severe epidemic ever, perhaps even greater than the deadly AIDS. It is a group of viruses that affect the skin and membranes that surround the body, such as the cervix, anus, mouth and throat. HPV is one of the most widespread sexually transmitted diseases and exists in more than 100 species, some of which can cause wrinkles with a reflex appearance. But why is this virus considered much more dangerous by HIV?
First of all, HPV is a common and highly contagious infection that is transmitted sexually. To acquire this virus, only one contact with the skin of the genitalia of the infected person is sufficient. This means that condoms can not provide complete protection. According to statistics, over 3/4 sexually active women at some point in their lives are affected by this disease.
It is most often transmitted through sexual contact, and that’s why most people get infected quickly after starting sexual activity. But the worst thing about this infection is that it does not give any signs or symptoms, because in some cases they are hidden for years. HPV is a silent killer who can be inactive and who lives in the body for years before attacking.
Although it is widely believed that condoms provide full protection against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS, recent studies show that they can not provide 100% protection against HPV. The virus spreads through contact with those parts of the skin that are not protected by a condom and this is a particularly serious problem for women. They are much more infectious than men. As for the speed through which this virus is transmitted, there are 5% more chances of it crossing than the woman’s husband than vice versa.
The frightening effect of HPV is the development of cervical cancer. This cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide for women and in almost all cases it is caused by HPV infection. Both types of HPV, type 16 and type 18 are responsible for nearly 70% of all cases of cervical cancer. Therefore, be careful and visit your gynecologist for examination more often in order to temporarily detect the infection and prevent this potentially deadly situation.