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Q: What Do I Need To Know About Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?

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  • Written By: Amanda Akey

A: Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a DNA virus. There are more than 100 different types of HPV, but not all of them cause disease. High-risk strains of HPV are found in six different types of cancer, including cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, head, and neck cancers. These high-risk strains of HPV are obtained through any skin-to-skin contact with someone who has HPV, including intercourse. The HPV vaccine, Gardasil, is approved for men and women ages nine to 45 and provides 90% protection against all HPV cancers. Gynecologists should start screening women for HPV beginning at age 30.

Brittney B. Laughlin, D.O.

OB-GYN with Women’s Health Alliance of Mobile

Read more in our Winter 2021 issue of BEST Magazine.