The Truth About HPV Cancer-Related Risks

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How Is HPV Transmitted?

Since HPV is a sexually transmitted disease, it can be transmitted through vaginal intercourse, anal and oral sex, and any intimate skin contact with the infected area. Those that are sexually active, beginning at an early age, smoke, and have multiple sexual partners have an increased risk of developing the virus.

Practicing safe sex, such as using condoms and dental dams, reduces the chances of contracting HPV, but they are not foolproof methods to prevent infection entirely. Before engaging with a new sexual partner, it’s advised that everyone must get tested to ensure that there are no concerns.