THE HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV)



The human papillomavirus (HPV) or papillomavirus, is a very widespread virus that affects more than half of people who have sex (most pass the infection without symptoms).

In some cases the viruses persist in the body for many years (20-30) in the body and if they belong to certain specific families (types) they can cause a malignant tumor: cancer of the cervix or uterine cervix and other tumors in both sexes, such as the pharyngeal. But these viruses can also cause genital warts, which are benign, but very annoying and frequent, also affecting both sexes.

WHAT DO MEN HAVE TO SEE IN THIS?

Regarding uterine cancer, the role of men is that of transmitters of the virus. But it must also be taken into account that one third of genital cancers caused by HPV are in men. And they are becoming more and more frequent. It is also important to note that most malignant throat tumors are also caused by these viruses and affect men more than women. Genital warts, much more common, are also suffered by both sexes.

DOES THE SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF PEDIATRICS ADVISE VACCINATION OF THE PAPILLOMA VIRUS?

Yes. The association of pediatricians recommends this vaccination in all adolescent girls and boys living in Spain, preferably at 12 years of age, to achieve protection against this virus related to so many different cancers. But this vaccine is only funded, in the autonomous communities, mostly for girls.

The efficacy of the vaccine is greater if it is administered before the first contact with the virus, therefore it is important to administer it from the age of 12.




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