The Human Papillomavirus is a contagious virus. It affects the skin and can easily be transmitted via skin contact. It is also termed an STI, sexually transmitted infection. HPV vaccination London is recommended by doctors between the ages of 15-46 years.
Some HPV types can cause genital warts or, sometimes, something as bad as cancer. Amongst more than 135 types of HPV, around 20-25 affect the genital area.
How Does One Get Infected With HPV?
As HPV is a skin-to-skin infection, it does not always require intercourse for its transmission. The leading cause of HPV is skin-to-skin contact. People with genital HPV infection get it through sexual contact like vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
Cervical cancer caused by HPV starts from HPV entering the human body cells and infecting them. As a result, the cells may become damaged, which results in their abnormal growth. This abnormal growth develops into cervical cancer.
HPV usually goes away and is not deadly but can cause fatal diseases like vulva, vagina, penis, cervical and anus cancer. It can also lead to throat cancer which covers the base of the tongue and tonsils. Cancer caused by HPV can take years or sometimes even decades to develop after a person is exposed to HPV.
5 Symptoms Of HPV:
Still, it is always better to consult a doctor or physician when symptoms like irregular blood spotting or light bleeding, bleeding after sexual contact, increased vaginal discharge, or foul-smelling discharge.
- Irregular blood spotting
- Light bleeding
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Bleeding after sexual contact
- Foul-smelling discharge
Getting Treated For HPV:
Several types of HPV cause genital warts that can appear visible to the vagina or vulva and spread to nearby skin, such as around the anus or on the cervix. Warts can be treated with ointments that can be applied directly to the affected area.
Other ways to cure these warts can be by surgery. The treatments depend on the location of the warts. Type 6, 11, 16, and 16 of HPV can cause anal, penile, or vulvar cancer.
Although vaccines are not your getaway from all types of HPV. However, doctors highly recommend getting vaccinated between the ages of 15 and 46 years. You still are required to get a regular check-up and cervical screening.
Typically, the HPV vaccination in London or anywhere else consists of three doses over six months. There are no side effects, but you might experience swelling at the site of injection.
Vaccines are more effective if given before a woman is exposed to HPV or her pre-sexually active phase. However, if a woman is already exposed to the infection, the vaccine will not protect against the disease caused by that HPV infection.
Gardasil is almost 95% effective in protecting cervical pre-cancer and warts caused by HPV Type 6, 11, 16, and 18. Cevarix is another widespread HPV vaccination in London to protect against HPV Type 16 and 18.
Book your online appointment at the London Obs and Gynae Clinic to get your vaccination done now to prevent the risk of HPV.