One in five women have HPV, says new study

The Portugal News Online

23/1/2010

A first study into the
incidence of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) on women in Portugal has
discovered that one in five Portuguese women aged between 18 and 64
have the infection, the most common sexually transmitted infection
which in many cases goes unnoticed.

The global amount of women
infected with HPV, of which there are believed to be more than 200
types, is 19.4 percent of the total female population in Portugal; 14.8
percent of these showed signs of high risk HPV.

The most common symptom of HPV is warts.

This
groundbreaking research was carried out by the Cleopatre Study Group,
in association with the National Health Institute (INSA).

Made
public this week during a press conference held by the Portuguese
Gynaecology Society (SPG), other results from the study showed that
women between the ages of 20 and 24 were the most affected by HPV, with
28.8 percent of this age group testing positive for the infection.

However,
women in the 40 to 49 age group were the second most largely affected,
meaning the disease is not restricted solely to the younger generation.

It
was further discovered that 36.6 percent of the infected group had more
than one type of HPV, which most commonly affects the genital areas,
mouth and throat.

Most people who become
infected with HPV do not even know they have it and in the majority of
cases the body fights off HPV naturally.

The
types of HPV that can cause genital warts are not the same as the types
that can cause cancer. Certain types of HPV can cause genital warts in
males and females. Rarely, these types can also cause warts in the
throat, a condition called Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis, or RRP.

Other
HPV types can cause cervical cancer. These types can also cause other,
less common but serious cancers, including cancers of the vulva,
vagina, penis, anus, and head and neck (such as tongue, tonsils and
throat).

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Comment from Leslie

If HPV screenings are not taking place then approx. 20% of the population has a 44.6% greater chance of getting cervical cancer if they get the HPV vaccine and have the virus. It is right in the government documents.  Women who already have the virus and get the vaccine get cervical cancer.

PG

Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.