How is human papillomavirus (HPV) spread

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How is human papillomavirus (HPV) spread

Human papillomavirus or HPV is one of the most common STD we can find nowadays. Nearly 100 kinds of HPV have been identified, from which at least 40 are transmitted with sexual contact, but many of the infected never even know they have it, increasing propagation of this disease due to lack of protection. But, how is human papillomavirus, or HPV spread? would like to explain the different ways it can be transmitted.

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The most common way of getting HPV is through vaginal penetration. IF any of the members of the couple has the disease and condoms are not used to avoid mucosae contact and fluid exchange, there's a risk of catching this disease.


Another frequent form of transmission of the human papillomavirus is through unprotected anal sex. There is also fluid exchange in this practice, and penetration usually causes microcracks in the rectal zone which makes it the perfect scenario for an STD infection.


Oral sex is also one of the most common ways of HPV transmission, that's why specialists insist more and more on the importance of using a condom when performing fellatio, as they also recommend to use a latex protector when performing oral sex on women.


Several studies show that the human papillomavirus is not transmitted by any other contact such as kisses, sharing cutlery such as glasses of silverwear, shaking hands or sharing the same space.


The only way of preventing the transmission of the human papillomavirus is using a condom during sexual intercourse. Whatever kind of sex: vaginal, anal or oral; you must use latex condoms to lower the risk of getting this STD.

I'ts also important to remember that only one unprotected encounter can infect someone.


Although most kinds of HPV have an effective treatment, this disease's biggest risk is to get a strain that increases probabilities of getting anus, penis or cervix cancer. Another risk is the association recently discovered between cases of throat cancer and HPV infection, which are not the most common cause of this kind of disease, but are a trigger.


Don't forget the importance of using condoms, especially during casual sexual relationships, aswell as annually taking tests to check you have no STDs if you're sexually active.

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