HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a very common virus. Currently, about 80% of the population will have some form of HPV in their lifetime. It can be transmitted very easily through skin-to-skin contact and is not limited to only sexual activity. HPV infections can vary from being relatively harmless, to appearing as genital warts, to causing cancer. There is currently no cure for HPV, but you can get vaccinated against many high-risk strains.
What is HPV?
HPV, or Human Papillomavirus, is a very common virus transmitted through sexual activity. There are over 150 different strains of HPV, and it is the high risk HPV strains that are responsible for about 70% of cases of cervical cancer. About 75% to 80% of sexually active adults are estimated…
What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?
Often cervical cancer does not have symptoms and many symptoms of cervical cancer can be caused by other things. If you have any unusual symptoms: such as unexplained bleeding, abdominal pain or swelling or weight loss – reach out to your Nurx medical team or your healthcare provider.
How is HPV transmitted?
HPV can be transmitted through many types of sexual activity and genital contact. It can also be spread through sharing sex toys or non-penetrative interaction, like body rubbing.
What is the difference between a Pap Smear and a HPV test?
A Pap Smear requires that you go to your healthcare provider’s office and receive a speculum exam. This enables your healthcare provider to collect cells from inside of your cervix, which are then observed under a microscope by a cytologist or pathologist. Abnormal cervical cells indicate a potential for cervical…
What are the symptoms of a HPV infection?
Most of the time HPV does not cause any symptoms. However, certain HPV strains can cause genital warts, small painless growths that can grow on the vulva, penis or anus. Our home testing kit does not test for the strains that cause genital warts.