We picked Human Papilloma Virus commonly known as HPV as a Big Bite topic as it’s a very interesting and an often overlooked area. HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases; at least 70% of sexually active men and women will have a HPV infection in their lifetime. Some health problems associated with HPV infections are: genital warts, cancers such as cervical, penile, anal, head and neck cancer.
Technological advancements have also led to the discovery of more HPV types; now they are more than 200. Little is known about the natural history of HPV in men. Currently, there is no approved test for HPV in men. There is no specific cure for HPV, but there are treatments for health problems caused by HPV. HPV vaccines are available but have not really been accepted even though it’s been around for more than 10 years. Culture, misinformation and price are major barriers to HPV vaccine acceptance. Traditional, sexual activity is the main transmission mode but new research is showing other non sexual modes of transmission.
It is clear that this topic needs more public awareness and research. SPOTLIGHT!!! Let’s dive in.