As an advanced practice nurse working in different clinics, I have seen too many cases of HPV. Young women are being exposed to this virus frequently.
HPV stands for human papillomavirus, and there are more than 100 strains of the virus, 30 of which can cause cervical cancer or genital warts.
Because this is a virus, it can never be cured, so once infected, always infected.
The virus is spread through sexual contact, and the majority of times the infected partner may never know of the infection that he or she is spreading.
A new vaccine, Gardasil, produced by Merck, can prevent infection of at least four strains of the virus that are associated with cervical cancer and genital warts.
At present, there are no laws in place to enforce this vaccination. This is a time when all parents and females should consider the health risks from this virus.
Of course, encouraging abstinence from sexual activity is important, but at the same time, utilizing a vaccine to guard your or your child’s health is vitally important, too.
Please consider this new vaccine, and ask your health-care provider for more information.