STD Toilet Bowl Troubles

Toilet bowl splash? That's how you got your STD? Really? We know crabs can jump over 4 feet high, but many viral and bacterial STDs just aren't hardy enough to last in the toilet bowl. Five minute rule been your bible? Well, the rule apparently is a bit unruly. So what's a girl, or guy to do? Pee in the bushes? I'm looking seriously at the thermometer touching 4 degrees F out there as I type. Flush before you pee, it's a thought, probably not completely worthless, so yes, that is one strategy. Generally the best way to be safe when it comes to STDs: get tested when you have a new partner or a new set of symptoms. For the most part STDs are caught through sexual transmission. Lets discuss the HPV virus that causes genital warts and cervical cancer. Genital warts come from viruses, and we catch a wart when we are infected with a virus that causes them. If you have a genital wart odds are it came from the HPV virus types 6, and 11 of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). These are highly infectious and studies show they have an with an incubation period which ranges from 3 weeks to 8 months. If you had sexual contact with some one only prior to that then you might be a case of virus reactivated. But for most women, the warts come from contact within the last 3 weeks-8 months. When you come in contact with some one who has the type of HPV virus that causes the genital warts or condyloma then you will likely, if you have acquired infection, do so fairly rapidly. The majority of individuals who develop genital warts, will do so about 2-3 months after they become infected. This means that you probably caught those warts with the partner you had in the last 2-3 months. But there is evidence that HPV can be passed in saliva, in sex toys, and there is worry that it can be found on towels or in the toilet bowl. The good news is that we still have a lot of natural virus protection as we can eliminate virus by virtue of our own immune system. This protection may not prevent an inital infection, but it does mount defence and thus causes spontaneous regression of the virus infection in 10-30% of patients within 3 months. This is accompanied by the blood circulating immune cells that then fight off virus infection, and it is called part of our cell mediated immune response. The response helps us fight off low grade abnormal pap smears and even the early precancerous changes called CIN I or the earliest precancerous changes on pap known as Cervical Intraepithelia Neoplasia Grade I. In fact if you have gone beyond the stage of just a virus infection and beyond the stage of a wart infection to this early precancerous change you have (in some studies) a 70% chance that CIN I will go away all together, and only a 10% chance that CIN I will become more severe.


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