A recent the Lancet Global Health publication reveals 1 in 3 sexually active men over the age of 15 are infected with at least one Human Papillomavirus (HPV) strain. In addition, the study shows around 1 in 5 men are infected with one or more cancer causing high risk HPV strains.
This means men serve as reservoir for the virus, increasing the risk of their partners getting infected. If your male partner is a carrier of the virus, your chances of getting the viral infection is high.
Furthermore, the health implications for you is that as you take steps to vaccinate yourself and your female child, also immunize your husband and boys. This ensures the immune system of a man is empowered with antibodies to clear the HPV infection. Thus, women won’t easily get infected.
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is responsible for cervical cancer, throat and neck cancer, cancer of the penis, anal cancer, genital warts, just to mention a few.
However, there are effective vaccines that are available to enable you prevent infection by both the low and high risk HPV strains.
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