Today, March 4th, is International HPV Awareness Day. HPV Awareness Day is all about opening up the conversation around HPV. It’s more common than you may think, and it is not anything to be ashamed about.
Human Papilloma Virus is one of the most common viruses that affects humans, being the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, and increasingly worldwide. It affects millions of men and women every year.
There is a lot of stigma surrounding HPV, where people may feel ashamed to share their HPV status with others. This only worsens the scenario, with fewer people seeking accurate advice and care to treat symptoms of HPV. What most people don’t realize, is how common HPV is.
There are steps you can take to prevent symptoms and complications of HPV.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that most sexually active adults will get HPV at some point in their lifetime. It can be spread by skin to skin contact, most commonly through sexual activity. Vaginal, oral, and anal sex can lead to the transmission of HPV.
The fear and stigma around HPV is largely around the high-risk strains HPV 16 and HPV 18 that can to progress to cervical cancer without active steps of prevention.
There are many treatments available for existing HPV complications, such as warts or cervical dysplasia, including cryotherapy, LEEP, or photodynamic therapy. Consult your healthcare provider to find out which may be best for you.
Most HPV infections are easily cleared by a strong, healthy immune system. You will mostly likely clear the infection with no symptoms with a robust immune system.
Your immune system can be supported in a number of natural ways:
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables – fruits and vegetables contain many essential vitamins and nutrients to keep your body functioning at its best! These food groups are specifically high in antioxidants, which may help neutralize bad molecules floating around in your body.
- Quit smoking – smoking single-handedly increases your risk for HPV-related cancers, even second-hand smoke exposure. While cutting down your cigarette count will still have an effect, nothing is quite as good as quitting entirely.
- Reduce alcohol consumption – high consumption of alcohol is related to a number of negative risks, including a reduction of immune function.
- Drink green tea – green tea has been shown in many studies to have immune boosting benefits and anti-cancer effects, some specific to HPV.
- Exercise to sweat – movement is important to improve your circulation for immune benefits and general well-being, while sweating will help release toxins from within your body.
- Get adequate sleep – getting 7 to 8 hours of high quality sleep is important for your body to heal and repair.
All of these factors have a distinct effect on your ability to fight infections.
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