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In the past, the human papillomavirus, the most commonly spread STD, has been linked to cervical cancer. In order to protect themselves, girls as young as 9 have been vaccinated with shots meant to prevent HPV. Also, using condoms during sex has been a must for all those who have not been vaccinated. Nowadays, as it turns out, cervical cancer is not the only condition to fear if you are a woman who has been diagnosed with HPV. Add oral cancer to the list.
Oral cancer used to be the disease to fear if you smoked or drunk large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis. But a new study has now discovered that HPV-positive tumors are the cause of a majority of oral cancer cases, approximately 70%. Researchers from the Ohio State University and the National Cancer Institute were in charge of the study that was printed in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The researchers stated that if trend continues, within a decade oral cancer will become the main HPV related cancer for both men and women.
There are nearly 10,000 new cases of oropharyngeal cancer every year and the rates have increased by 28% since 1988. Even though over the past few years the numbers of smokers in the U.S has declined causing rates of most types of tongue and throat cancers to decline, the rates of this particular type of cancer continue to rise. HPV plays a role in the increase.
The National Cancer Institute forecast that in 2011 over 12,700 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. Also, the Institute forecast that over 4,300 women will die from the disease. The Human Papillomavirus is linked to high risk for cervical cancer cases. HPV is the most commonly transmitted sexually disease. There are over 150 different types of HPV but of these, two strains of the virus, more specific HPV 16 and 18, are linked to over 70% of cervical cancer cases. There are two different vaccines that can prevent these two types of HPV. These vaccines are Gardasil® and Cerverix®. Gardasil® is also helps against HPV type 6, 11, 31, and 9.
The Center for Disease Control continues to recommend Gardasil® for HPV prevention. Gardasil® is a 3 dose vaccine recommended for girls starting from the age of 9 but is mostly administered in girls between the ages of 11 to 12. If you are between the ages of 13 and 26 and did not get the injection as a young girl, do not worry, there are catch-up vaccinations you can get.
A new study was just published by the National Cancer Institute in cooperation with scientists from Costa Ricca and Netherlands which suggests that 2 doses of the vaccine might be just as effective as the three doses received when being vaccinated with Gardasil® and Ceverix®. The study was conducted on 7,500 women from Costa Rica who were randomly assigned to receive either three doses of Cerverix® or three doses of vaccine against Hepatitis A. out of the 7,500 women, only 20% got all three doses either because they were found to have cervical problems or because they got pregnant. The scientists followed all women and at the end of the four year research period the women who only received 2 doses of the Cerverix® had the same degree of immunity to the HPV virus as the women who got all three doses.
A 2010 survey published by the Center for Disease Control found that only 49 percent of women start the 3 dose treatment and that less than a third of those who get the first injection actually finish the treatment. Because of this, many researchers have started looking into reducing the number of vaccines needed hoping that women will be more likely to get the recommended treatment if they do not have to return to the doctor’s office twice more.
Many wonder why only half of girls receive the life-saving vaccine. Some girls are scared of the pain. Some girls and their parents just do not know a lot about the vaccine. Others keep putting it off until it is too late. And some chose not to get it because it protects against a sexually transmitted disease and the parents are scared that letting their daughters get the vaccine will signify that the girls are ready to start their sexual life. But just remember that most cervical problems are not diagnosed until the woman is in her thirties. Also, remember that these vaccines might help your daughter stay healthy and cancer free. So do not put it off! The sooner it is out of the way, the better!
Cervical cancer has been a major cause of death among women in the childbearing years for over 70 years. And even though advances have been made in detection and treatment, this deadly cancer still kills women every year. In the United States the National Cancer Institute's forecast for 2011 alone is over 12,700 new cases. Not only this, almost 4,300 women are expected to die of cervical cancer this year. In order for these numbers to drop, the detection procedures as well as treatments need to be improved.
A recently as 70 years ago, cervical cancer was one of the most common causes of death in American women in their childbearing age. Back in the 1940’s screening for this disease was practically inexistent. The number of deaths from this type of cancer fell dramatically after the invention of the Papanicolaou, or Pap, smear. During a Pap smear, cervical cells are extracted and examined under a microscope in an attempt to discover cellular abnormalities. This test was first introduced in the 1950s and as a result between 1955 and 1992 the death rates dropped by more than 60% causing cervical cancer to drop to number 14 cause of death in American women.
A new study found that , when combined with the traditional Pap test, a test meant to detect two strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV may be a more accurate detector of cervical cancer that the Pap test alone. Not only that, but for those women who are HPV-positive, the HPV test alone appears to be an accurate detector of cervical cancer. This study was funded by Roche Molecular Systems. The company makes the HPV test.
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btw, after a anti-viral holiday in 2006 interrupting all hiv meds taken since 1998 with docs supervision and care from UCSF I lagged in past few years making my deductible on my limited income and missed some annual 'bloodletting' to check my stats.. and suddenly last month, my rectum deflated in agony with a hemmoroid size of GODZILLA a symptom beyond called rectal thrombosis and my feet are 'speckled and spotted' .. a biopsy is in progress and likely culprit is KS lesions doc says new cocktail practically eliminated this hiv-related symptoms and can induce full remission. I have no general objection to my meds or adherance now that the Rx has been prescribed. Just started cocktail therapy two days ago. Feeling abit like a re-tread and worn set of GOODYEARS tires blowing out on the torched and blazing freeway during a heatwave, racing a chevy NOVA muscle car from the 70s to oblivion .. spun out in a ditch and just catching my breath
MY COMMENT: Social izing online is a growing phenomenon of chat roulette; webcam and audio webpages to meet strangers. As twitter's #webcamsocial blogger and observer for three years more online and active reviews of applications, etiquette, behaviors and webcam social recommendations we can safely agree the CYBERSEX is not a STD.. however in conversations swirling among high charged exhibitionist and voyeur expectations over webcam conversations, many people do get personal, confide, ask q;uestions and more.. in this reveal it has often been made mention to me that someone is suffering isolation from std treatment, anxiety and recoveries. MORE power to confidantes that empathize and have compassion by sending a card or memorabilia but would not use a e-card to announce possible risk, contagion and exposure however because it taints the tradition and good expectations when e-card greetings or snail mail arrives in the box :p
What man doesn’t love oral sex? If you’re a male under 50, you may want to think twice before accepting a sexual present from that random girl you met at the bar. Tobacco and alcohol should step aside, because now an STI, the Human Papilloma Virus, is believed to be the main cause of oral cancers of the throat, tonsils, and mouth.
The greater the number of people you get intimate with, the higher your risk is of acquiring HPV-related cancers. So, you may not want to be that male gigolo that you know you can be! 80% of women are expected to have an HPV infection at some period in their lives. This is a frightening fact, especially because the infection is asymptomatic in many cases, and often leads to cervical cancer and other life-threatening consequences.
Women are getting vaccinated for HPV, but what about males? What people don’t realize is that number of males who are infected with HPV-related cancers is quite close to the number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer. Women aren’t the only ones at risk! Doctors now believe that males should be given the same treatment to protect them as well. So boys, go get your HPV shots, what have you got to lose? However, we must keep in mind that the HPV vaccine is relatively new, and it is not exactly conclusive as to whether or not the vaccines can in fact prevent oral cancers.
For those who are not already aware, the month of January is Cervical Cancer Screening Month. This is the time to alert all women to get themselves tested for cervical cancer and HPV, because as the second leading cancer in women worldwide it important that this issue is brought to the forefront. Yet despite its seriousness, there are in fact ways to prevent this disease from developing. The first way is to find and treat pre-cancers before they have the chance to develop into true cancers and the second way is to prevent the pre-cancers from happening in the first place.
The most effective way of preventing cervical cancer and locating pre-cancers is by having regular screenings. The most common way of screening is through the Pap test, also known as a Pap smear. Now many women may be wondering what they should be doing to take the necessary precautions to prevent this disease. Fortunately the American Cancer Society has developed a set of guidelines to help with early detection.
- All women should begin cervical cancer testing three years after they have started having sexual intercourse. Women who partake in a conventional test should be tested annually, while women who use a liquid based Pap test should be tested every two years.
- Starting at age 30, women who have had three or more normal test results in a row can be tested less often. Although some women, such as women with a weakened immune system, women who were exposed to DES before birth, and women with a history of treatment for pre cancer should continue to have annual screenings.
- Women over thirty with healthy immune systems and no abnormal screening results can be tested only every three years.
- Women 70 years of age or older who have had three or more normal test results in a row and have not have had any abnormal test results in the past ten years can chose to stop having cervical cancer screenings. Women with a history of cervical cancer, HIV infection, weak immune system, or were exposed to DES before birth should continue with testing as long as they are healthy enough.
- Women who have had a hysterectomy may also chose to stop having cervical cancer screening as long as that hysterectomy wasn’t as a result of a cervical cancer treatment. If it was, then they should continue with testing. Women who have had a hysterectomy without the removal of the cervix must still continue with regular testing.
Though having the Pap test done is a great step towards the prevention of cervical cancer, it is not the only one. The most important risk factor for developing cervical cancer is infection with the human papilloma virus (a.k.a. HPV). So it is vital that in addition with getting the Pap smear all women should also talk to their doctors about being tested for HPV.
We’ve all heard of Gardasil for women which is a vaccination for HPV, human papillomavirus virus which could potentially lead to cervical cancer in women. But, through research and experimenting, it is now possible for men to get the Gardasil vaccination.
The vaccination can be given to men between the ages 9 and 26, just like for women. It can help prevent genital warts on men from the 6 and 11 types of HPV. According to the FDA, “about two of every 1,000 men in the United States are newly diagnosed with HPV.”
It is important to speak to your doctor about receiving the Gardasil vaccination to help protect yourself from HPV. It is the most commonly spread STD in the United States.
Did you realize that HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections? It is so common that statistics are showing that at least 50% of sexually active men and women will contract a strain of HPV at some point in their lives. Nearly 20 million Americans are currently infected and 6 million people become newly infected yearly. Most people living with HPV do not realize they are infected with the virus or that they are passing it to a sexual partner. Often they will not develop signs or symptoms and in 90% of all cases the body’s immune system will naturally clear the virus within 2 years. It is also possible to pass the virus on during oral sex and genital-to-genital contact even if the infected partner shows no signs or symptoms.
Ladies let’s face it: we all have to go to the gynecologist in order to maintain proper female health. The pelvic exam and the Pap test are merely two of the evils we have to face, but if you’re 18 or older or you’re sexually active and you’ve never experienced either of these, you better get on the phone and make an appointment. Whether you get a recommendation for a gynecologist from your general practitioner, or you go to a local family planning clinic, it is important to schedule examinations every six months, or once a year minimum. Keep in mind: if it’s been longer than a year since your last Pap smear, you’re due for some fun.
It’s nice to keep a serious topic lighthearted, but it’s important to remember why getting a regular examination is so important. Female health is no joke. It’s vital that your uterus, ovaries, cervix, and vaginal walls stay free of any menacing bumps or sores that could lead to an infection or be indicative of something worse. It may be uncomfortable, but remember that your gynecologist isn’t there to judge you. They only want to ensure that you maintain the best possible health.