It is expected that the HPV or Human Papilloma Virus will cause the strongest epidemic so far, stronger and even deadlier than AIDS.
Human papilloma virus is the name of a group of viruses that affect the skin and membranes lining the body, especially the cervix, anus, mouth and throat. It can lead to more than 100 types of diseases and is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases.
Here’s why HPV is considered more dangerous than HIV
First, HPV is a common, highly contagious infection that is spread through sexual contact. The infection can easily be transmitted through contact with the genital skin of an infected person. This means that condoms cannot offer full protection, and statistics show that over three-quarters of sexually active women get infected with this disease at some point in their lives.
As already mentioned, HPV is mainly transmitted through sexual contact and most people become infected with HPV as soon as the sexual intercourse starts.
However, the worst thing about this infection is that it can be transmitted from an infected individual who does not have any signs or symptoms of the disease, because in some cases, symptoms do not occur for years. HPV is a silent killer that can be inactive while living in the body for years before it attacks.
Although it is widely believed that condoms provide full protection against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS, the latest research reveals that condoms cannot provide 100% protection against HPV.
The virus can be spread through “skin-to-skin” contact with the infected skin area that isn’t protected with a condom. This particularly affects women.
Women are more susceptible to getting the virus than men. As for the transmission rate of HPV, there is a 5% higher chance that the virus is transmitted from men to women than from women to men.
Furthermore, cervical cancer is just one serious health issue caused by HPV. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of death in women, and in almost all cases it is caused by an HPV infection.
In fact, two types of HPV, type 16 and 18, are responsible for almost 70% of all cases of cervical cancer.
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