I have been finding warts on my body. Do you have any idea what that might be?
Well, have you been sexually active. If so, this looks like HPV.
Yes; what's that?
HPV is Human Papilloma Virus. It is the most common viral STI in the U.S.
Normally, the only symptoms are genital warts which may itch or burn. However, they are otherwise harmless.
In most serious cases women infected with HPV can experience cervical cancer. You would then need to receive chemotherapy and other cancer treatments to treat the cancer on top of your HPV.
What!? The symptoms can come and go but the virus will always be in me.
Some treatments involve cell detachment and can cause issues in carrying to full-term in pregnancies.
HPV can be spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who is infected!
Oh my goodness! I have HPV, I'm now one of 79 million in the US living with HPV.
How can I avoid this?
Well, there are vaccinations available, regular screening for cervical cancer, you can use a condom, or practice abstinence. You should also know that a partner who doesn't show symptoms can still spread if infected.
Thanks for the advice! I"ll be sure to be safe, get well soon!