It might surprise you to know that the papilloma virus will affect almost every one of us. HPV, as it’s commonly known, won’t affect most of the people infected with it, but some will have a higher risk of developing various cancers. Two experts from Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera discuss the virus and its effects, the vaccine and how each of us can manage it. Read the comprehensive advice here.
The vaccine aims to significantly reduce cases of cervical cancer that the virus can cause, and protect against genital warts. We asked Prof. Ilan Baruchim, director of the Department of Gynecology and Gyno-Oncology. Dr. Tomer Bar-Noy, a senior physician in the Gynecology-Oncology unit at Hillel Yaffe, to explain all aspects of HPV.
What is human papillomavirus (HPV) and how dangerous is it?
Even in these cases the strains are transmitted by sexual contact.
How contagious is HPV?
There is difficulty in predicting which of these cases will “persist” and become a premalignant or malignant condition. Yet, various risk factors are known to affect the chance of the disease progressing to a malignant condition, including the strain of the virus, duration of infection, smoking, chlamydia infection, dietary factors, use of hormonal birth control and more.