The majority of cases of cervical cancer come from two particular HPV virus strains: HPV 16 & 18. Viruses are all around us and can be contracted in a variety of ways. They vary from the common cold to HPV that can potentially cause genital warts and cervical dysplasia or cancer.
It can be overwhelming to know what to pay attention to and when to elevate your concern when discussing HPV strains. There are upwards of 120 different HPV virus strains. There’s low and high risk strains and we want to make this easy for you to understand, and also to know what moves to make, if you end up being affected.
Before we get into the types of strains it’s important to remember that infection with HPV is very common. The CDC estimates that there are 6.2 million new infections each year in the United States. In most people the immune system is able to clear the infection on its own in a short time. But in some people, the infection persists. The goal of Papillex is to help to improve the body’s immune response and correct nutritional deficiencies that can contribute to persistent HPV infections. Our doctor’s created this product out of a need to help people respond to HPV infections naturally using an evidence-based approach.
HPV 2 and 4: The types of HPV virus strains that many of us have experienced are strains 2 and 4 – responsible for the “common wart.” These are the kind of warts that often occur on our hands or feet that are easily treated at your General Physician’s office or with simple over the counter products.
Other strains of HPV, the more concerning types are sexually transmitted. There’s approximately 40 of those strains; 4 of those strains are the most concerning because of their ability to cause genital warts and cervical cancer.
Here’s the breakdown on those 4 types:
HPV types 6 and 11: 6 and 11 are the most common cause of genital warts, and account for approximately 90% of HPV genital wart infections. These strains are rarely associated with cancer. Warts may appear within several weeks after sexual contact (skin-to-skin) with someone who is infected with HPV genital warts.
HPV types 16 and 18: These are called “high-risk” because they can cause cancer in both men and women. Most cases of cervical cancer come from these two particular strains; these strains can also lead to cancers of the throat, vulva, vagina, anus and oral cancer from HPV.
What if I Test Positive for HPV 16 or 18?
Testing positive for HPV types 16 or 18 doesn’t mean that you will develop cervical cancer, but it does mean that any dysplasia found on a Pap test carries a higher risk of becoming cancerous.
If you test positive for a high-risk strain, your doctor may take a wait-and-see approach and simply suggest more frequent Pap smears, because your body may clear the infection on its own. This approach is safe – it can sometimes take several years for high-risk HPV to cause cervical cancer. If you have tested positive however, Papillex is a nutrient-rich supplement designed to optimize your immune system’s response to HPV. By optimizing your natural immunity and replacing missing and low nutrients, Papillex helps you to create an inhospitable environment for HPV to live. You can learn more about our product and how it works here.
If you test positive for HPV and your Pap smear shows more-severe abnormalities, there are additional measures that your doctor can take to prevent cancer from developing, including LEEP and cryotherapy. There are many scenarios where high-risk HPV doesn’t progress into cervical cancer, and your doctor can help you find the approach that’s right for you.
Our doctors’ recommendation is: why watch and wait, when you can be proactive? Read our blog for ways that you can be proactive now through diet, lifestyle and targeted supplementation.
If you have questions about HPV strains or about anything else related to HPV, you can contact us here.
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