HPV Prevention Week - 6 Things to Know About HPV

Written by Jean Fourie on October 2, 2019

HPV Prevention Week is put on on behalf of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. Here are 6 things you need to know about the Human Papillomavirus or HPV for short

6 Things to know about HPV

#1 HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world

Here in Canada 3 out of 4 sexually active Canadians will have been infected by at least one type of HPV during their lifetime – some won’t even realize it.

#2 HPV can affect any sexually active person

HPV doesn’t care how old you are, or if you’re a man or a woman or whether you prefer having sex with a man or a woman.

#3 HPV is highly contagious

HPV can be spread simply by intimate genital skin contact as well as through vaginal or anal penetration or oral sex.

#4 There are many different types of HPV

Some types can cause anal, genital or mouth warts, or more serious conditions like pre-cancers or cancers of the mouth, throat, cervix, vulva, anus and penis.

#5 The absolute best way to protect yourself is by getting the HPV vaccine

The vaccine has been around for 10 years now, and it’s proven to be safe and decrease rates of HPV infections, genital warts and pre-cancers.

#6 You can further REDUCE your risk of infection or lesions

By limiting your number of sexual partners, always using a condom to reduce the risk of infection, and not smoking. Smoking reduces your body’s ability to fight HPV infection and promotes the cancerous transformation in HPV infected cells.

So to conclude...

If you’re currently sexually active, or if you have been sexually active in the past, or will be in the future, you ARE at risk. Speak to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about getting vaccinated.

To learn more go to HPVinfo.ca, view the infographic below and help us spread the word, not the disease.