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How can you prevent spreading HPV?

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Abstinence is the only sure way to prevent HPV transmission. Risk of transmission can be lowered if a person has sex only with one person who is not infected and who is also monogamous. To lower the risk of HPV transmission, men can also limit the number of sex partners and pick partners who have had few or no partners in the past. Condoms can provide some protection against HPV transmission. Unfortunately, they aren't 100% effective, since HPV is transmitted primarily by skin-to-skin contact. The virus can still infect the skin uncovered by the condom.

From: HPV Infection in Men WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: News release. FDA. Joel Palefsky, MD, professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco. CDC: "HPV and Men," and "HPV Vaccine: Questions and Answers." American Social Health Association: "HPV: Genital Warts: Questions &; Answers," "What Men Should Know." Diane Harper, MD, MPH, professor of community and family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H. Joan Walker, MD, gynecologic oncologist, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City. Winer, R. of Medicine, June 22, 2006: vol 354: pp 2645-2654. WebMD Health News: FDA: "FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of certain cancers caused by five additional types of HPV." New England Journal "HPV Vaccine Gardasil OK'd for Boys."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

SOURCES: News release. FDA. Joel Palefsky, MD, professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco. CDC: "HPV and Men," and "HPV Vaccine: Questions and Answers." American Social Health Association: "HPV: Genital Warts: Questions &; Answers," "What Men Should Know." Diane Harper, MD, MPH, professor of community and family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H. Joan Walker, MD, gynecologic oncologist, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City. Winer, R. of Medicine, June 22, 2006: vol 354: pp 2645-2654. WebMD Health News: FDA: "FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of certain cancers caused by five additional types of HPV." New England Journal "HPV Vaccine Gardasil OK'd for Boys."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

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