Tag: HPV

Should I Get the HPV Vaccine?

There are more than 200 types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Most types of HPV are asymptomatic; however, an estimated 40 of these strains can affect the genital area with the development of genital warts or even cancer. HPV types 6 and 11 cause 90% of genital warts, and types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, […]

HPV eliminated after photodynamic therapy

HPV eliminated after photodynamic therapy   As the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI), HPV infections are a common finding at a woman’s GYN exam.   For early stages of HPV infection, we currently recommend monitoring to ensure resolution, or to allow for intervention if the infection becomes more aggressive.   There’s a new technology that is […]

HPV vaccine linked to Dramatic Reduction in Cervical Disease and Cancer

MMR, Rotateq, Tdap – a few of many vaccines given to young children to help prevent life-threatening illnesses. And if you knew that a vaccine could help prevent cancer, wouldn’t you jump at that chance? Researchers in Scotland have found that the HPV vaccine does just that – it has almost entirely wiped out cervical […]

Rising rates of STIs and Treating Partners

Having a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is not only an uncomfortable experience, it can also be embarrassing to talk to your doctor about. The CDC reports that cases of STIs are on the rise. Since 2013, there have been 1.7 million cases of chlamydia, up 22% since 2013, and over 500,000 cases of gonorrhea, up […]

Can I just do my own Pap?

Can I just do my own Pap?   Pap smears are anything but comfortable and unfortunately, there is no way around it—or is there? Recently, a research group in the Netherlands found that self-collected samples had similar accuracy rates in terms of detecting “cervical intraepithelial neoplasmia” or abnormal cells compared to clinician-collected samples. In this […]

The HPV Vaccine: Please Get Your Children Vaccinated!

  There is only one, yes ONE, vaccine available that prevents cancer.   The HPV vaccine.  A little over 10 years old, the HPV vaccine was developed to prevent infections from the human papilloma virus—the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US (and the world).   Though most women clear HPV infection rapidly, in some women […]

There is an HPV vaccine available. Here’s why you or your child should get it.

There is an HPV vaccine available. Here’s why you or your child should get it.   HPV, short for Human Papillomavirus, is a group of over 150 related viruses that can be sexually transmitted. These viruses cause infections that lead to conditions ranging from genital warts to cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile, anal and oropharyngeal cancers. […]