HPV Concerns – HPV is the Number One Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) in the World

On average, a new case of genital warts is diagnosed in the United States every minute. It is estimated that 75-80% of sexually active people will acquire the human papilloma virus (HPV) in their lifetime. HPV is the number one sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the world.

With over 100 strains, it is impossible to track the virus. That’s what makes it so dangerous. Most people, when they think of sexually transmitted diseases, are familiar with syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV. HPV is the most prevalent and contagious of all. Due to contracting the disease by skin to skin contact, even condoms are not entirely effective to prevent contracting the virus. Condoms don’t cover all skin areas that can be exposed such as the inner thighs and scrotum in men.

Many times there aren’t any symptoms. Someone can carry the virus in their body for months or years without knowing it. Over 40 of these virus strains affect the genital and anal areas and symptoms appear in the form of warts. Plus, it is also possible to contract warts in the mouth as a result of participating in oral sex with an infected person. These strains are numbered 6 and 11 and account for 90% of genital wart cases. These warts are called low-risk and can be treated.

Read more about: HPV in Women, HPV in Men, High Risk and Low Risk HPV, Infecting Others,Relationship Fears and What to Tell a Partner, Cervical Cancer, Anal Cancer, Oral & Throat Cancer, the HPV/HIV Connection.