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Guide online about HPV sheds light on a disease that affects 600 million

The work was edited by experts from the National Institute of Science and Technology Papillomavirus-Associated Disease

 
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Cover The HPV Guide released by the Institute of Science and Technology for the Study of Diseases Associated with Papillomavirus
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Cover The HPV Guide released by the Institute of Science and Technology for the Study of Diseases Associated with Papillomavirus

Condom totally prevent infection by human papillomavirus (HPV)? What are the diseases that HPV can cause? Is there a cure? How to diagnose the infection? To answer these and other questions very common in the population just released the Guidelines for HPV.

The work was edited by experts Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia das Doenças Associadas ao Papilomavírus (INCT-HPV), - funded by FAPESP and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) - coordinated by Luisa Lina Villa, Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo (USP).

Villa says that the texts were originally assembled to serve as reference material for journalists who participated in a workshop hosted by the Institute of HPV in June, the Santa Casa de São Paulo.

Now we are giving a wider dissemination, as this information may be useful for other groups, especially graduate students, undergraduate and high school. You can also help parents understand how vaccines act and what are the other forms of existing prevention, as immunization is not yet available in public, he said.

It is estimated that there are 600 million people are infected in the world. Between 75% and 80% of the population acquires one or more types of HPV at some point in life.
According to the researcher, the first step to protecting yourself is to learn about the diseases caused by HPV. Among the more than 100 different types of viruses, 30 to 40 can affect the genital areas of both sexes, causing diseases such as genital warts, cancer of the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus and penis. In addition, cause benign and malignant tumors in her throat.

Often the infection is asymptomatic and people do not learn that they are contaminated, but can transmit the virus. Many also confuse HPV with hepatitis or HIV, he said.

Despite the misinformation still be great, HPV infection is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) more common. It is estimated that there are 600 million people are infected in the world. Between 75% and 80% of the population acquires one or more types of HPV at some point in life.

The virus installs itself on the skin or mucous membranes. In any contact with the genital area of ​​an infected person transmission can occur. Although rare, the virus can also spread by contact with hands, skin, objects, towels, underwear and even the toilet. It is estimated that the use of the condom can spread between 70% and 80% of the transmissions.

Source: FAPESP
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