Human Papilloma Virus [HPV] Sexually Transmitted Disease That Causes Cancer

Photo by Business Insider

Papilloma Virus (HPV) Electron micrograph of a negatively stained human papilloma virus (HBV) which occurs in human warts.

HPV / Oral Cancer Facts

The link between oral sex, HPV and cancer has been receiving more attention in recent years.

HPV is a virus that's transmitted through sexual contact -- genital or oral. There are more than 40 types, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and approximately 79 million Americans are currently infected. Most people have no symptoms.

"HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives," the CDC's website states. "In most cases, the virus goes away and it does not lead to any health problems. There is no certain way to know which people infected with HPV will go on to develop cancer."

HPV has also been linked to cervical cancer, penile cancer and anal cancer, according to the CDC. These can be passed to the mouth and throat and infect cells there through oral sex, and even open-mouthed kissing, according to a 2009 study in the Journal Of Infectious Diseases. These infected cells sometimes form into tumors.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus and infection in the US.
There are nearly 200 different strains of HPV, most of which are harmless and not cancer causing. Out of all these 9 are known to cause cancers, and another 6 are suspected of causing cancers. In oral cancers we are primarily concerned with HPV number 16 which is also associated with cervical, anal, and penile cancers.

You can have HPV without ever knowing it because the virus often produces no signs or symptoms that you will notice, and the immune response to clear it is not a process that you will be aware of.
Every day in the US, about 12,000 people ages 15 to 24 are infected with HPV. According to data from the ongoing NHANES study, approximately 26 million Americans on any given day have an oral HPV infection. Of those approximately 2600 are HPV16. The vast majority of individuals will clear the virus naturally through their own immune response, and never know that they were exposed or had it.

If you test positive for HPV, there is no sure way to know when you were infected with HPV, or who gave it to you. A person can have HPV for many years, even decades, before it is detected or it develops into something serious like a cancer. In the vast majority of infected people, even with a high risk version of HPV known to cause cancers, they will not develop cancer.
Testing positive for an HPV infection does not mean that you or your partner is having sex outside of your relationship. It is believed to have long periods of inactivity or dormancy that may even cover decades; these are periods of time that you will test negative for it.

Sexual partners who have been together for a while tend to share all types of sexual infections. Typically if one partner has a fungal infection like Candida, the other partner has it as well, even though they may appear to be asymptomatic. The same is true of other common sexual infections like Chlamydia, a bacterial infection. HPV viral infections also are commonly shared. This means that the partner of someone who tests positive for HPV likely has HPV already, even though they may have no signs or symptoms. Like most Americans, their immune system will customarily clear it in under 2 years.

Condoms may lower your chances of contracting or passing the VIRUS TO your sexual partners, if used all the time and the right way. However, HPV can infect areas that are not covered by a condom- so condoms may not fully protect against HPV.

HPV and Oral Cancer:

HPV is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers (the very back of the mouth and part of what in lay terms might be called a part of the throat), and a very small number of front of the mouth, oral cavity cancers. HPV16 is the version most responsible, and affects both males and females.
In the oral/oropharyngeal environment, HPV16 manifests itself primarily in the posterior regions (the oropharynx) such as the base of the tongue, the back of the throat, the tonsils, the tonsillar crypts, and tonsillar pillars.

Risk Factors:

Number of sexual partners- The greater your number of sexual partners, the more likely you are to contract a genital HPV infection; and when engaging in oral sex, this also holds true for oral infections. Having sex with a partner who has had multiple sex partners also increases your risk.
Weakened Immune Systems- People who have weakened immune systems are at greater risk of HPV infections. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV/AIDS or by immune system-suppressing drugs used after organ transplants.

Oral Cancer Signs and Symptoms:

This list considers both oral cancers from HPV and those from tobacco and alcohol:

  • An ulcer or sore that does not heal within 2-3 weeks
  • A red, white, or black discoloration on the soft tissues in the mouth
  • Difficult or painful swallowing. A sensation that things are sticking in the throat when swallowing
  • A swollen but painless tonsil. When looking in the mouth, tonsils on both sides should be symmetrical in size
  • Pain when chewing
  • A persistent sore throat or hoarse voice
  • A swelling or lump in the mouth
  • A painless lump felt on the outside of the neck, which has been there for at least two weeks.
  • A numb feeling in the mouth or lips
  • Constant coughing
  • An ear ache on one side (unilateral) which persists for more than a few days.

How do people get HPV?

HPV is passed on through genital contact, most often during vaginal, anal and oral sex.
You are more likely to get HPV if you have many sex partners or a sex partner who has had many partners.

Many people don’t have symptoms and are unaware that they have HPV.
The virus may be inactive for weeks, months and for some people possibly even years after infection.

What does that mean for my health?

Partners usually share HPV. If you have been with your partner for a long time, you probably have HPV already. Although HPV is the most commonly transferred sexual infection, in most people it is cleared by the immune system in under 2 years. Individuals with persistent infections are at risk for several types of cancers depending on the location of the infection.

How common is HPV?

HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection. The CDC estimates that there are 6.2 million new infections each year in the United States. The vast majority of Americans will have some form of HPV early in their sexual experiences. Since it is so common, there is nothing to be ashamed about. If you are diagnosed with HPV, talk to your health care provider about it. HPV's are divided into 9 high risk types and more than 150 others that either cause benign warts, or do nothing at all that we know of at all.

How do I know if I have HPV?

The only way to know if you have an HPV infection is if your health care provider tests you for the virus. For females, in relationship to cervical discovery, this may be done directly from the Pap test cervical exam or by using an additional swab at the time of the Pap test. The CDC now recommends an HPV test for women along with the pap test as a matter of routine. Oral HPV testing in both men and women is problematic.

Is there a cure for HPV?

There is no cure for the virus. Most of the time, HPV goes away by itself within two years and does not cause health problems, It is only when HPV stays in the body for many years that it might cause these oral cancers.

HPV Vaccines

Two vaccines known as Gardasil and Cervarix protect against the strains of HPV that cause cervical cancers (HPV16 and 18), Garadsil also protects against two versions that cause genital warts (HPV6 and 11).

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends routine HPV vaccination for girls ages 11 and 12, as well as girls and women ages 13 to 26 if they haven’t received the vaccine already. The Gardasil vaccine has also been approved for use in boys and men, 9 through 26 years old. These vaccines are most effective if given to children before they become sexually active. If you have already been exposed to HPV, the vaccines will not for work you. So vaccination at pre-sexual ages brings the most protection.

Human Papilloma Virus [HPV] Sexually Transmitted Disease That Causes Cancer Human Papilloma Virus [HPV] Sexually Transmitted Disease That Causes Cancer Reviewed by Nadine Post on 17:05 Rating: 5


  1. You're welcome Sangeeta Singh. Constant motivation from you is what keep us moving.

  2. I can’t believe this. A great testimony that i must share to all patient of [HPV] in the world. i never believed that their could be any complete cure for HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS or any cure for HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS, Mrs JANE introduce me to DR.AKHIGBE a herbal doctor who lives in Africa who brought him back to life again. so i had to try it too and you can,t believe that in just few weeks i started using the herbal medicine he sent to me i was perfectly ok and . Right now i can tell you that few months now i have not had any symptoms of HPV and i have just went for text last week and the doctor confirmed that there is no trace of any HPV in my body system. Glory be to God for leading me to this genuine DR.AKHIGBE I am so happy as i am sharing this testimony. My advice to you all who thinks that their is no cure for HPV that is Not true ,just contact him and get cure from DR.AKHIGBE via his Email DRAKHIGBESPELLHOME@GMAIL.COM and you will be free and free forever, Try it and you will not regret it because it truly works. One thing i have come to realize is that you never know how true it is until you try...or you can whatsapp him +2348106618681, OR Email him DRAKHIGBESPELLHOME@GMAIL.COM OR if you need my assistant via
    1 Cancer
    2 Hiv
    3 Low sperm count
    4 Barrenness
    5 Hvp
    6 Herpes
    7 Genital Wart
    8 Rare disease
    9 Hepatitis
    10 Syphilis
    11 Diabetes
    God bless you sir for your good work that you done.....


Powered by Blogger.