“Just want to give a shout-out to all my HPV ladies out there,” is a thing I posted recently in an online forum for young women.
The comment was in response to a poll that asked, “Do you have any STDs?
” Whenever someone asks me (usually in a medical setting) if I have any STDs (a.k.a. The CDC estimates that 80% of sexually active women will have it by the time they’re 50. people with great immune systems, are the most likely group to get HPV (which stands for human papillomavirus).
STIs, for sexually transmitted infections), I always almost forget that I do. HPV is so common that it feels like it doesn’t even count. This explains why 90% of people who get the virus will fight it off with nothing more than their immune system in less than two years time. It’s a glamorous life of pap smears, colposcopies, biopsies, cryotherapy, the legendary Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) and seeing your gynecologist so often that you have her personal cell phone number, and you guys text sometimes.
Sometimes this panicked sense-making leads you to blame someone.
Unless you’ve only had sexual contact with one person and that person absolutely, positively knew they had HPV and didn’t tell you, consider the following: Even with some serious investigative work and pattern-tracing, it’s pretty tricky to confidently solve this case. When all the facts indicate that blaming whomever gave you HPV is pointless and/or impossible, you might move on to blaming yourself.
It’s just everyone’s luck that the stealthiest strains happen to be the ones that can do the most damage.
So if you’re 26 or older, it might be worth it for you to get the vaccine if you fit the following description: If this sounds like you, talk to your health care provider about your sexual history to suss out if getting the vaccine might be a wise choice. When it comes to navigating HPV, keep in mind we’ve only taken one step on a very long journey.
Even if you understand how common HPV is, getting a diagnosis probably won’t feel as shrug-worthy as it should.
A lot of scary unknowns get thrown at you, and you’ll probably find yourself wanting to make sense of them.
Of course, that’s not to say you should blow off trying to protect yourself.
You should do everything you can, such as a) use condoms, b) get tested regularly for STIs, c) get the HPV vaccine and d) all of the above.
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I had so many questions, and because the vaccine was still new, it was hard to find the answers.