The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common STD’s today. Most of us are misinformed in terms of how the virus is contracted and who is susceptible to it. There are so many misconceptions about the virus it’s hard to tell the facts from the myths. How much do you know about HPV, and how do you protect yourself from this cervical-cancer causing STD? Our partners at ivillage.com have come up with 10 common HPV myths that will help demystify HPV:
Myth #1: Most People Won’t Get HPV
Fact: Human papillomaviruses (HPV) is the most common STD in the United States — so common that 80 percent of all sexually active men and women will get it at some point in their life. While it’s true that the more partners you have, the more likely you are to pick up the STD, you can contract HPV during your very first sexual experience, whether you use a condom or not. In fact, 80 percent of people who’ve had as few as four sexual partners have been infected with the virus, according to Nancy Kiviat, M.D., Director of the Medicine Pathology HPV Group at the University of Washington. But most people never show symptoms and may never know they’ve had HPV. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 90 percent of cases will naturally clear the system within two years.