What is Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are over 100 types of HPV and can lead to various health issues, including genital warts and certain types of cancers, such as cervical, anal, and throat cancer.
How to Prevent Human Papillomavirus?
Prevention of HPV includes practicing safe sex, such as using condoms correctly and consistently, limiting sexual partners, regular screenings, open communication with sexual partners, and avoiding tobacco use. Smoking has been associated with an increased risk of HPV-related complications, such as cervical cancer.
Is Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Necessary?
Vaccination is considered the most effective way to protect against HPV infections. HPV vaccinations have been shown to be highly effective in preventing infections from the most common types of HPV that cause cancer. As the vaccine is typically administered during childhood or adolescence, getting a booster before travel to areas where the disease is prevalent may be recommended depending on your age.
To find out if your destination(s) require the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, consult a Rockdoc Travel Medicine Professional here.
We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the provided information, however, it is not feasible for us to update daily. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our Travel Medicine Professionals for current, personalized advice and answers to any questions you may have.
Is Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Serious Disease?
Symptoms of HPV include:
- Genital warts
- Abnormal Pap smears
- Cervical dysplasia
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Itching or discomfort
- Anogenital cancers
Many individuals with HPV may not have visible symptoms, and the virus can be transmitted even when no symptoms are present.
Most HPV infections come and go over the course of a few years. For most people it will clear similar to the common cold, but when it does not go away, this can lead to cancer.
Regular screenings, such as Pap smears for cervical cancer, are crucial for early detection and treatment. If you have concerns about HPV or its symptoms, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional.
Available travel vaccinations and medications
We offer the following travel vaccinations and medications:
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