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Human Papillomavirus

What is Human Papillomavirus?

Human papillomavirus or HPV is a sexually transmitted disease among both men and women. People who are sexually active with one or multiple partners are exposed to this virus. The infection is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. More than 100 HPV varieties are there that can be transmitted through sexual intercourse and usually affect the throat, genitals, and mouth.

According to a study, HPV is identified as the most common and contagious sexually transmitted infection. People can mostly experience the condition in their genitals in different varieties. It is easily transmissible even if the person has one sexual partner or few partners.

It is important to note that HPV often doesn’t pose serious health problems. However, if it is not treated on time, then it leads to hazardous problems such as cervix cancer, throat, and even anus.


How long after exposure HPV is contagious?

HPV is considered to be more contagious during the incubation period. This period ranges from around three to six months, however, the infection is transmissible within two weeks to eight months.

Can you have HPV for life?

HPV is one of the conditions that disappears on its own, however, it might take time i.e. maybe two weeks or even two years. It doesn’t pose any serious health issues, but when it is still in the body then it causes issues like cancer and genital warts.

Can one get HPV twice?

As per studies, it is found that once the person is infected with HPV becomes immune to the specific type and must not be re-infected. It is also found that the immunity to the infection is poor and there is a probability that one can get re-infected.


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