HPV

Many people carry the HPV virus. Most of the time it is harmless, but HPV is also the biggest cause of cervical cancer.

What is it?

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is very common. There are various types of HPV virus. Most are harmless, like the HPV virus that causes genital warts. But some types can lead to cervical cancer, anal cancer and throat cancer. HPV is transmitted by fucking (penis in the vagina or anus) or oral sex (blow jobs or cunnilingus). It is highly infectious.

Symptom

  • Benign types of HPV can cause genital warts.
  • Most people have no symptoms and do not notice that they are infected with HPV but can transmit the virus.
  • Women can get bleeding through HPV as well as pain and a burning sensation.

Treatment

Many sexually active young people contract HPV infection. There are usually no symptoms. The body clears itself of the infection. A cervical smear shows whether you may have cervical cancer or a precursor of it.

Preventing HPV

The HPV virus can lead to cervical cancer. In the Netherlands, women 30 years and older are screened for cervical cancer. Young women who are not yet sexually active are vaccinated against various types of HPV. The vaccine protects against the viruses responsible for 70% of cervical cancer cases.

Advice

  • Go to a doctor for diagnosis and STI tests
  • Have your child vaccinated against HPV if they are 11 or 12 years old
  • If you have not yet been vaccinated, have not had sex yet and want to be vaccinated, contact your local municipal health service (GGD) or ask your doctor about it.
  • Get screened through a cervical smear if you are called to
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