Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most frequent STIs (sexually transmitted infections) worldwide.
Every day in the United States, over 12,000 individuals ages 15 to 24 are infected with human papillomavirus.
HPVs are actually a group of around 200 related viruses with 40 HPV types that may cause STDs through direct sexual contact, like – anal, vaginal, and oral sex.
Depending on the strain you are exposed to, Human papillomavirus can cause warts on different parts of the body, such as – the anus and genitals. However, many people who carry the virus don’t even know it.
Anal, vaginal, oral intercourse and other sexual contacts are the most frequent methods of contracting HPV.
Moreover, it can be passed through mucous membranes or body fluids. For example, a baby may develop an infection (if his mother is infected) of the respiratory tract during passage through the birth canal.
You are more likely to get human papillomavirus if you have:
- a sex partner who has had many partners;
- many sex partners;
- sex at an early age.
The time between first contracting human papillomavirus and the appearance of lesions can be weeks or even years. According to the data, it takes about 2 decades for cervical cancer to develop in women with normal immune systems.
These rough, raised bumps are commonly seen on the hands, elbows, and fingers. They are typically unsightly. Occasionally, they can be prone to bleeding.
These are painful overgrowths of skin on the soles of the feet. They are usually mistaken for simple calluses.
In men, genital warts are found on the scrotum or penis or around the anus. In women, they usually appear on the vulva, however, they may also be found inside the vagina or around the anus.
These are beige, white, or brown growths. They usually occur on the neck, chest, face, wrists, forearms, or hands. They do not usually itch.
There are no blood tests for HPV, however, some tests can help your doctor diagnose the infection:
- HPV DNA test;
- Pap test – your healthcare provider collects a sample of cells from your vagina or cervix to send for laboratory analysis.
There is no cure or treatment for human papillomavirus infection. But, in most cases, it will be cleared by the immune system in 1 to 2 years.
Treatments are only available for genital warts and cancers caused by the HPV infection.
Genital human papillomavirus infection is avoided by:
- fewer sexual partners;
- it may be decreased by delayed sexual debut;
- sexual abstinence.
If used all the time and the right way, condoms may lower the chances of contracting the virus.
List of Celebrities with HPV:
1) Alexa Ray Joel
She is an American songwriter, singer, and pianist and the daughter of Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel.
Alexa is known for creating music. She released an EP Sketches and a single from an announced album ”All I Can Do.”
In an interview, Alexa revealed that she had become infected with HPV by an ex-boyfriend.
2) Pamela Anderson
She is a Canadian American model and actress who is best known for her roles on the television series Baywatch, Home Improvement, and V.I.P.
In 2006, she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. Plus, Pamela was Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in February 1990.
On February 19, 1995, she married Tommy Lee, drummer of Mötley Crüe.
They have two sons, Dylan Jagger Lee and Brandon Thomas Lee. Pamela contracted hepatitis C and HPV from Tommy Lee.
3) Marissa Jaret Winokur
She is an actress who is best known for The Talk, Celebrity Big Brother, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
In 2006, Marissa married Judah Miller, who was a writer on the sitcom Stack, that Jaret starred in.
During an interview, she shared her personal cancer story.
4) Caren Brooks
Caren is a graduate of the University of Miami as well as the president and CEO of the Brooks Family Foundation, a charitable organization which helps underprivileged youth through medical and education funding.
Brooks has been accused of giving HPV to her ex-lover after she allegedly encouraged him to have unprotected sex.
5) Sandi Thom
She was born on August 11, 1981, in Macduff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
In 2006, the singer released the #1 hit single “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair).”
Thom revealed how a cervical cancer scare made her very aware of her health.
6) Jade Goody
Jade was born on June 5, 1981, in Bermondsey, London. Jade was an actress who was best known for Stars in Their Eyes (1990), Treasure (2015), and Jade’s P.A. (2006).
On June 6, 2003, she gave birth to her first child at age 22, a son called Bobby Jack Brazier. The child’s father is Jeff Brazier.
Jade Goody died on March 22, 2009, in Upshire, Essex, England.
Jeff has claimed that Jade could have been saved if she had been given the HPV virus vaccine.
7) Eva Peron
From 1946 to 1952, Eva Perón (nicknamed – Evita) was the First Lady of Argentina.
Eva inspired millions with her campaigns to give women the right to vote and to help the poor.
In November 1951, Eva Peron underwent a hysterectomy. She died on July 26, 1952, never knowing that she had cervical cancer.
After her death, the entire nation fell into despair.
The story of her life was made into the hit musical called ”Evita” by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice. In 1995, Madonna starred as ”Evita” in a movie version of the musical.