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November 8, 2018

1. The HPV is a double stranded DNA virus that wraps into the DNA of infected cells and stays there quietly. Those quiet infections, called latent, can last very long, but stress or other poorly understood factors can cause the infections to resurface.  HPV tests are considered useful and their use has expanded. The FDA h...

October 6, 2018

  1. Generally speaking almost anyone can have a quietly latent HPV and thus be able to transmit the infection to a susceptible person. The best protection is to get vaccinated against HPV. Previously the HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 was indicated for girls, boys, men and women between the ages of 9 and 26. Now the FDA has ap...

July 28, 2018

HPV infections are serious and cause many cancers including cervical, anal, vulvar, penile, and cancers of the oral cavity.

HPV probably can cause cancer of the cervix by itself, for other cancers co-factors probably have to be present. We don't understand all the sequence, or which co-factors are most important. Lifetime...

July 5, 2018

1. The main danger of the HPV vaccination , truthfully,  is for those who do not get vaccination: over 75% of Americans who are not vaccinated are at risk for HPV cancers including cervical cancer for women and penile cancer for men. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December of 2015 approved Gardasil 9, a huma...

April 8, 2018

1. HPV testing can determine if you have a current active HPV virus infection. If you have been vaccinated against HPV in the past 10 years it's very likely you are still protected against getting high grade cervical dysplasia (pre-cancer). It is also fairly likely you are protected against getting an abnormal pap smear.

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