Protect Yourself Against Cervical Cancer

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"Dear KnowYourV, how can I protect myself and reduce my chances of getting cervical cancer?"

With the rise of HPV infections & lesions showing up in places like the tongue, throat and anal and labial areas, everyone is becoming concerned. HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), is in the condyloma (genital wart) family. But unlike other genital warts, HPV warts are flat and cannot be detected without placing a special solution on the area. The solution reacts in such a way that the HPV lesions turn a whitish color, and this helps in diagnosis and treatment.

Since HPV is transmitted sexually, the best way to protect yourself from infection is to ensure safe sexual practices. Condoms are the best way to prevent most STD's, but it is thought that the HPV virus is so small that it can escape through a condom’s tiny pores. The addition of spermicidal foams and jellies can help.

The biggest breakthrough in the past few years has been the introduction of a vaccine initially approved for females age 8 to 27. Now the vaccines approval has been extended to males of the same age. This will hopefully be the #1 way to prevent transmission.

Women are typically at higher risk for acquiring these types of STDs as we are the semen recepors. Men, on the other hand, are depositors. Because we are the receptors of the semen, if the semen is infected, we serve as little incubators.

That is why it is so nice to use the WaterWorks cleansing system. WaterWorks can be used immediately after sex to rinse out semen quicklyreducing the time HPV can sit in vagina. Not only does WaterWorks function to reduce vaginal odors, it can also be used for daily feminine cleansing.

If you have not spoken to your healthcare provider about getting the HPV vaccine, it is a good idea to at least get information to read about it.
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