HPV or the Human Papilloma Virus is an organism that causes sexually transmitted diseases. Known to cause genital warts, cervical and anal cancer, the virus can also lead to oral cancer. HPV is spread during unprotected sexual contact, mainly through the genitals. One of its most distinctive characteristics is that it has the potential to remain latent within a person’s body for a number of years and the symptoms can manifest later. Since HPV was found to cause cervical cancer in women, it has now become a common practice in a number of countries to get them vaccinated at a young age. Made of an attenuated (or weakened) strain of the virus, the HPV vaccine is recommended for all women over the age of 21 and under the age of 30. It helps to prevent infection, but cannot cure pre existing infections or cervical cancer. Doctors therefore recommend that the vaccine be administered before a girl is sexually active.
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June 08, 2013 at 09:21am
Recently, Michael Douglas was in the news for revealing that his oral cancer was due to HPV. While he retracted his statement later in the week,
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February 20, 2013 at 03:41pm
Cervical cancer has outstripped breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths in women in India due to lack of knowledge and an
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January 14, 2013 at 07:40am
Awareness is the key to prevent cervical cancer. The tragedy, however, is that it is the most common kind of cancer in India today due to lack of
- India.com Health
April 24, 2012 at 07:41am
In our earlier post, we discussed about the importance of vaccination, the different vaccines recommended by the Government and WHO as part of the
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