There are more than 200 different kinds of HPV virus and out of these, with around 40 are of those are sexually transmitted.Once the virus gets into the body, HPV can behave in one out of two ways – They can either become active or remain dormant within the cells of the body, mainly depending on: Most people who have HPV infections never experience any symptoms, and many cases go away without any treatment.Additionally, it has been shown to protect against cancer of the vagina, vulva, anus, and mouth/throat.HPV vaccine is recommended for girls at age 11 or 12, though it can be given starting at age 9.It is important to understand that tested positive for HPV does not necessarily mean you will definitely have HPV symptoms like genital warts or cancers.For instance, most women will have an HPV infection during their lifetime, but very few get cervical cancer.HPV vaccination can protect men and women from the infections that cause most cases of anal cancer, mouth/throat cancer, and genital warts — as well as many cases of cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer in women, and penile cancer in men.
But HPV virus in men can cause health problems, too.
HPV has become very common that it can already be considered as a normal part of life, with HPV (Human papillomavirus) is one of the most common STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) in the US. Men mostly only become aware that they have HPV once warts start to appear and in case of women, when their Pap smear result are found to be abnormal.
CDC estimated that over 79 million Americans are infected with it, which means around every 1 in 4 Americans has HPV.
Doctors also recommend the vaccine for women ages 13 to 26 who did not get the recommended doses when they were younger.
It’s important to note that women who get the HPV vaccine still need regular screening tests for cervical cancer (Pap tests).