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What is human papilloma virus (HPV)?

Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection, it is very common it has a high rate of more than 1.5 million cases per year in Nigeria.

According to the World Health Organization HPV infection is so common because it can spread without any form of sexual intercourse, it can be passed on simply through body contacts.


Many people with HPV don't develop any symptoms because it can lay dormant for many years after a person contracts the virus, even if symptoms never occur, There's no cure for the virus but in most cases it clears out within 1 to 2 years as the immune system fights off and eliminates the virus from the body.

HPV infections usually go away on its own but when they don't, it can result in certain kinds of cancer developing in the body, these include cervical cancer in women, penile cancer in men and anal cancer in both gender.


Symptoms of HPV in the male and female body

Warts on the genitals or surrounding skin.

Lesions of the upper respiratory tract.

Planter warts under the feet.

Unusual discharge from the vagina.

Unusual bleeding, such as after sex.

Pain in the pelvic region.

Pain during sex.


Majorly most treatment focuses on removing the warts from the skin since there is no cure for it , but there is a vaccine that prevents the HPV strains most likely to cause genital warts and cervical cancer, which is recommended for boys and girls under the age of 11 to 12.

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