Common Misconceptions on HPV Transmission
How is HPV transmitted? Are women more likely to get the disease? Can you get HPV through kissing? Will it affect someone’s pregnancy? Is the HPV vaccine safe? Here are some common misconceptions on the spread and prevention of HPV:
Are Women the Only Ones Prone to HPV?
Men and women of all ages are at risk of having HPV. According to Planned Parenthood, people who have engaged in sexual activities may acquire HPV at some point during their lifetime. However, women are more prone to cervical cancer that is associated with high-risk HPV strains.
Are Condoms Effective Against HPV Transmission?
Planned Parenthood says that a condom is effective against acquiring other STDs such as Gonorrhea and HIV. However, this does not completely protect a person against HPV that spread through skin-to-skin contact.
How Is HPV transmitted? Can You Get It Through Kissing?
So far, some studies suggest that open-mouthed kissing contributes to the spread of HPV from a person to another. A study by D’Souza, et. al (2009), for instance, said that open-mouthed kissing is associated with oral HPV infections. Can you get HPV through kissing? There isn’t any proof on this, but still, prevention is key.
Can I Acquire Cancer Once I Have HPV?
HPV can be acquired at some point in our lifetime. In most cases, according to the Throat Cancer Foundation, our immune system will get rid of HPV strains once it enters the body. However, there is still a risk for cancer.
Can HPV Affect Pregnancy?
The MD Anderson Cancer Center says that, in most cases, HPV does not hamper a woman’s pregnancy.
Is the HPV Vaccine Safe?
Yes, HPV vaccines are safe. People may experience some side effects and mild reactions, but it is proven effective against the further spread of HPV.