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How can you prevent HPV?

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You can get HPV, or human papillomavirus, through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The virus spreads through skin-to-skin contact. Using a condom may not fully protect you. The only way to be sure not to catch HVP is to avoid any type of sexual contact. You also can lower your chances for an infection by limiting the number of your sexual partners, or by choosing partners who�ve had no or few sex partners before you. Vaccines work well to guard against some of the more dangerous strains of HPV. They�re available to children as young as 9 and to adults up to age 26.

From: What Is HPV? WebMD Medical Reference

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Diane Harper, MD, MPH, Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H.

 

Joseph Bocchini, MD, Chairman, Committee on Infectious Diseases, American Academy of Pediatrics; Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, La.

 

American Cancer Society: "Frequently Asked Questions About Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccines."

 

FDA: "HPV (human papillomovirus)." CDC: "HPV and Men," "Genital HPV Infection-CDC Fact Sheet."

 

American Social Health Association: "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Fast Facts," "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Background Information."

 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 28, 2019

SOURCES:

Diane Harper, MD, MPH, Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H.

 

Joseph Bocchini, MD, Chairman, Committee on Infectious Diseases, American Academy of Pediatrics; Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, La.

 

American Cancer Society: "Frequently Asked Questions About Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccines."

 

FDA: "HPV (human papillomovirus)." CDC: "HPV and Men," "Genital HPV Infection-CDC Fact Sheet."

 

American Social Health Association: "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Fast Facts," "HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Background Information."

 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 28, 2019

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