If you grew up during the 1990s, there is a good chance that your sex education classes were strictly focused on AIDS and all of its related consequences. The AIDS epidemic has claimed the lives of millions and while children do need a certain amount of education on the matter, there is a new deadly disease on the horizon.
HPV has now become the most commonly transmitted disease between sexual partners and according to statistics, every man or woman who is sexually active will experience an HPV outbreak throughout the course of their lives.
HPV can be transmitted through various forms of sex and as long as someone is carrying the virus, they are at risk for transmitting it. While you might be excused for thinking that your usage of condoms will keep you from contracting HPV, the virus is actually transmitted through skin on skin contact, as opposed to being a strictly sexually transmitted disease.
Nearly 15 million Americans are diagnosed with the virus each year and if the HPV is not treated in a timely fashion, cancer may develop as a result. Those who have a higher number of sexual partners are obviously at a higher risk for contracting HPV.
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Even if it has been years since the last time you had intercourse with a person who is HPV infected, you may still have the virus. Pregnant women are even capable of passing the HPV virus to their child during the process of delivery.
As you can see, HPV is a disease that is sweeping the planet and it is spreading at a rate that is entirely avoidable. That’s why it is very important that you spread the word to as many people as possible. Head to your favorite social media hubs, such as Twitter and Facebook, and pass this story along to your closest friends and family members to heighten awareness.