Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection that affects both men and women.
Although there is no cure for HPV, there are steps you can take to take care of your sexuality and reduce your risk of contracting or passing on the infection.
Some tips on how not to get infected with the human papillomavirus
To take care of your sexuality in relation to the human papillomavirus (HPV), it is important to follow these guidelines:
Education and awareness: Learn about HPV, how it is transmitted, and the risks associated with it. Understanding illness will help you make informed decisions about your sexual health.
Talk to your doctor about the HPV vaccine and if it’s right for you.
The vaccine can prevent the HPV strains that are responsible for most cases of cervical cancer and other related diseases.
It is important to take all recommended doses according to medical advice.
Use latex or polyurethane condoms during sex, as they can help reduce the risk of HPV and other sexually transmitted infections.
However, condoms do not provide complete protection because HPV can be transmitted through skin contact in areas not covered by condoms.
Monogamy and communication
Long-term monogamous relationships with a non-HPV-infected partner may reduce the risk of infection.
Open and honest communication with your partner about your health and regular testing will help you make informed decisions together.
Get regular screening tests, such as a Pap test and an HPV test, as recommended by your doctor.
These tests can help identify any changes in the cervix or other areas affected by HPV.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and stress reduction.
A strong immune system can help your body fight infections, including HPV.
What should I do if I get infected?
If you have contracted the human papillomavirus (HPV), it is important to follow these guidelines:
Consult with a healthcare professional
Make an appointment with your doctor or gynecologist to get a diagnosis and discuss available treatment options.
Your doctor may do special tests to determine if you have an active lesion or infection from HPV.
Follow medical instructions
If HPV-related lesions or infections are found, follow your doctor’s recommendations for available treatments.
These may include options such as wart removal or follow-up for precancerous lesions.
Chat with your sexual partner
If you have a regular sexual partner or multiple partners, it is important to tell them about your diagnosis so that they can take the necessary precautions and seek medical attention if necessary.
Take regular screening exams
Depending on your gender and age, your doctor may recommend screening tests, such as Pap tests and HPV tests, at regular intervals.
These tests help track and detect any changes in the cervix or other areas affected by HPV.
Maintain Good Sexual Health
Although HPV can be transmitted even when using condoms, it is important to have safe and responsible sex.
Use latex or polyurethane condoms during intercourse to reduce the risk of other sexually transmitted infections.
Remember that every case of HPV is different, so it’s important to follow your doctor’s advice and instructions.
Communicate openly and honestly with your healthcare provider to get the support and treatment you need.
Also read: How and when do you bring up the subject of sexuality with your children?