HPV Infection Can Begin In Youth

It's been clear for decades that every sort of sexual activity can transmit the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Transmission around one's body through touching of infected areas and contact of infected items has also been shown to be a source of infection, as has what is known as vertical transmission from mom to babe if the birth canal was infected. HPV virus is apparently so ubiquitous that it has now been shown that even very young girls, long before any sexual exposure, can be shown to have HPV DNA in genital areas. Austrian researchersin in the May 2009 American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology have shown that apparently bathing, dipering, and non-sexual transmission is more common than ever thought. As the entire paradigm of this disease changes, and as we as a culture become immune through vaccination, youth will also be less likely to be infected at these very young ages. It's an important topic to gab with your gyno about.

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