Human Papilloma Virus, or commonly referred to as HPV, is accountable for the outbreak of a new deadly disease. It is predicted that this new epidemic, even deadlier than AIDS, will claim many lives. The following key points explain why HPV is deadlier than HIV.
1. The Condom Misconception
There’s a common misconception that condoms offer full protection against most sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/Aids. But, according to new research, condoms cannot provide 100% protection against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which can spread through skin-to-skin contact with infected areas of the skin not covered by the condom such as the male and female genitalia. This is especially serious for women because HPV is a silent killer that can be inactive, thus unnoticed for years before it attacks.
2. The HPV Nightmare
The most widespread STI in the United States, Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name for a group of viruses that affect your skin and the moist membranes lining your body, for example, in your cervix, anus, mouth and throat. There are more than 100 types of HPV, many of which cause nasty looking warts.
3. A Prolific Virus
HPV is a common and highly contagious infection, with over three quarters of sexually active women acquiring it at some time in their lives. HPV is sexually transmitted, but skin-to-skin genital contact is also a well-recognized mode of transmission. This means that condoms cannot give full protection.
4. Contracting The Virus
HPV is mainly transmitted through sexual contact and most people are infected with HPV shortly after the onset of sexual activity. But HPV can be passed even when the infected individual has no signs or symptoms of the virus. In some cases it takes years for symptoms to appear, and rarely people never experience any symptoms during their life.
5. Links To Cancer
Cervical cancer is by far the most common HPV-related disease. Nearly all cases of cervical cancer, which is the leading cause of death in women, can be attributed to HPV infection. In fact, two types of the HPV, types 16 and 18, are responsible for almost 70% of all cervical cancer cases.
6. Danger To Women
Women are more susceptible to contracting the virus than men. Regarding HPV transmission rates, male-to-female transmission rates are 5% higher than female-to-male transmission rates.