How To Prevent HPV
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD); therefore, it is important to learn how to prevent HPV. HPV is associated with causing numerous forms of cancer, such as anal cancer. HPV is commonly found in younger people but it can be spread to anyone who doesn’t take preventative precautions. While HPV is commonly found in women, but men are just as susceptible.
To prevent HPV you will need:
- In order to prevent HPV, you must first understand how the disease is spread from one person to another. Like most STDs, HPV is spread through the contact of body fluids or penile contact. Anyone can get HPV and it is estimated that 70 percent of the population has HPV, but most are not even aware they have it.
- Currently, there are only two known methods that can be used to prevent HPV. The main method used to prevent HPV is by practicing abstinence. Having absolutely no sexual contact with another person is the only effective means of preventing HPV. However, this method of prevention is often unrealistic for the majority of adults.
- There are certain things you can do to reduce the risk of contracting HPV; however, the won’t prevent HPV. To reduce your risk for HPV it is important to practice safe sex methods, including the use of condoms. You must also limit the number of sexual partners you have.
If you suspect you may have HPV despite your efforts to reduce your risk and prevent HPV, it’s important you seek a medical evaluation. Women should be (and usually are) screened regularly for HPV, but that doesn't absolve you from being aware and responsible for yourself.