Sexually Transmitted Diseases Education
Myth of the Day, 13

sexreeducated:

Myth:If I get the HPV shot, I’m completely protected from cervical cancer

False! 30% of Cervical cancers are not protected by any vaccine.

Gardasil and Cervarix are cervical cancer vaccines that block the two types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that most frequently cause cervical cancer. Gardasil also protects against two types that cause the majority of genital warts. But about 30% of cervical cancers will not be prevented by these vaccines, so it’s important for all women, whether they’ve gotten the shot or not, to continue having regular Pap tests.

Gardasil was approved for boys and men in 2009 to reduce the risk of developing genital warts. This may also help prevent the spread of cancer-causing HPV to their female partners.

NEW BLOG

hpvhelp:

Hello. This blog has just been started to help people who are dealing with HPV. I am a young female who suffers with the strain of HPV that produces genital warts. I was diagnosed in September 2011 but have had the virus since November 2010. I have had a very hard time dealing with it and found it to be a very lonely experience. I have found recently that the best way of dealing with the problem is to talk to those in the same position. Of course, that is hard when you probably don’t want anyone close to you knowing that you have HPV. Therefore I created this blog for people to submit and ask questions. I’m not saying I will have all the answers and if honest I probably need this as much as any of you. But please feel free to talk about your worries or share positive stories. Help me, help others :) Anon is always available in the ask box. I will try get back to you as soon as possible. 

Also, I will not acknowledge any nasty or rude submissions/messages. 

hpvawakening:

More information on the link between HPV and oral cancers, and which symptoms to look for!

Myth of the Day, 13

sexreeducated:

Myth:If I get the HPV shot, I’m completely protected from cervical cancer

False! 30% of Cervical cancers are not protected by any vaccine.

Gardasil and Cervarix are cervical cancer vaccines that block the two types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that most frequently cause cervical cancer. Gardasil also protects against two types that cause the majority of genital warts. But about 30% of cervical cancers will not be prevented by these vaccines, so it’s important for all women, whether they’ve gotten the shot or not, to continue having regular Pap tests.

Gardasil was approved for boys and men in 2009 to reduce the risk of developing genital warts. This may also help prevent the spread of cancer-causing HPV to their female partners.

dxglitter:

Friend Suzie (who knows of my HSV+ status) sent me this link last week, which touts the benefits of green tea for a number of ailments. You know I’m all about the home remedies and such.

The article doesn’t actually say anything about green tea + herpes, but my Glitter Sponsor has recommended it for its soothing properties on more than one occasion. For relief of discomfort during a herpes outbreak:

  1. Brew green tea
  2. Squeeze tea bag
  3. Apply tea bag to angry bits
  4. ????
  5. Profit
  6. Feel better
I mean this makes sense. From the article:
The useful parts of green tea are the leaf bud, leaf, and stem. Green tea is not fermented and is produced by steaming fresh leaves at high temperatures. During this process, it is able to maintain important molecules called polyphenols, which seem to be responsible for many of the benefits of green tea.

Polyphenols might be able to prevent inflammation and swelling, protect cartilage between the bones, and lessen joint degeneration. They also seem to be able to fight human papilloma virus (HPV) infections and reduce the growth of abnormal cells in the cervix (cervical dysplasia). Research cannot yet explain how this works.

Emphasis mine. Herpes outbreaks can cause inflammation and swelling, which is why the doctor will suggest ibuprofin. Green tea fights those symptoms naturally.

Did you catch that cool bit about HPV, though?

Likely effective for… Genital warts. A specific green tea extract ointment (Veregen, Bradley Pharmaceuticals) is FDA-approved for treating genital warts.

A little more specific:

Some women use green tea to fight human papilloma virus (HPV), which can cause genital warts, the growth of abnormal cells in the cervix (cervical dysplasia), and cervical cancer.

APPLIED TO THE SKIN:

  • For human papillomavirus (HPV) infections of the cervix: green tea ointment alone or in combination with oral green tea extract, twice weekly for 8-12 weeks.
  • For genital warts: a specific green tea extract ointment (Veregen, Bradley Pharmaceuticals) providing 15% kunecatechins applied three times daily to external warts for up to 16 weeks has been used.

If you have HPV, look into treatments rooted in green tea!

shafp:

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a hot topic these days thanks to the advent — and attendant controversy — of Gardasil, the vaccine that protects against four strains of this sexually transmitted virus. Discourse centers around HPV-16 and HPV-18, the two HPV strains that together are responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancers and 90 percent of anal cancers. However, Gardasil also protects against HPV-6 and HPV-11, two HPV strains that aren’t associated with cancer but rather with 90 percent of genital warts. While genital warts don’t have the potential to cause cancer and death, they can be very upsetting to the people who develop them.

READ MORE: http://blog.advocatesaz.org/2012/04/18/sti-awareness-genital-warts/

dxglitter:

Friend Suzie (who knows of my HSV+ status) sent me this link last week, which touts the benefits of green tea for a number of ailments. You know I’m all about the home remedies and such.

The article doesn’t actually say anything about green tea + herpes, but my Glitter Sponsor has recommended it for its soothing properties on more than one occasion. For relief of discomfort during a herpes outbreak:

  1. Brew green tea
  2. Squeeze tea bag
  3. Apply tea bag to angry bits
  4. ????
  5. Profit
  6. Feel better
I mean this makes sense. From the article:
The useful parts of green tea are the leaf bud, leaf, and stem. Green tea is not fermented and is produced by steaming fresh leaves at high temperatures. During this process, it is able to maintain important molecules called polyphenols, which seem to be responsible for many of the benefits of green tea.

Polyphenols might be able to prevent inflammation and swelling, protect cartilage between the bones, and lessen joint degeneration. They also seem to be able to fight human papilloma virus (HPV) infections and reduce the growth of abnormal cells in the cervix (cervical dysplasia). Research cannot yet explain how this works.

Emphasis mine. Herpes outbreaks can cause inflammation and swelling, which is why the doctor will suggest ibuprofin. Green tea fights those symptoms naturally.

Did you catch that cool bit about HPV, though?

Likely effective for… Genital warts. A specific green tea extract ointment (Veregen, Bradley Pharmaceuticals) is FDA-approved for treating genital warts.

A little more specific:

Some women use green tea to fight human papilloma virus (HPV), which can cause genital warts, the growth of abnormal cells in the cervix (cervical dysplasia), and cervical cancer.

APPLIED TO THE SKIN:

  • For human papillomavirus (HPV) infections of the cervix: green tea ointment alone or in combination with oral green tea extract, twice weekly for 8-12 weeks.
  • For genital warts: a specific green tea extract ointment (Veregen, Bradley Pharmaceuticals) providing 15% kunecatechins applied three times daily to external warts for up to 16 weeks has been used.

If you have HPV, look into treatments rooted in green tea!

thesexuneducated:

mckenken said: I’ve never heard that the 2 strains of HPV with genital warts are completely incurable. Where did you get this info?

The CDC says the following regarding HPV strands 6 and 11, that cause Genital Warts:

Available therapies for genital warts likely reduce, but probably do not eradicate, HPV infectivity.

You can be find the quote on this Genital Warts document. In addition, The Cleveland Clinic says quite explicitly:

There is no cure for the virus.

This can be found on this HPV document as well.

Lastly, the American Social Health Association says the following on their Genital Warts page

While there is no medical cure for HPV, there are several treatment options available for genital warts.

There are over 40 strands of HPV, most of which people can fight off. Unfortunately, the strands that cause Genital Warts do not have a cure. The reason I am using several sources to back this claim is because there is a great deal of misconception regarding STD’s; whether they’re curable, contagious or treatable. It is important to know the correct information, particularly when the sources that should be providing people with comprehensive information continually fail to do so. Just because someone is diagnosed with Genital Warts does not mean they cannot live a healthy, happy life and have an equally healthy and happy sex life. Precautions should be taken and when the symptoms of an expression occur, knowing the steps to take to take care of the situation will make health and happiness much more maintainable. 

chottodoctor:

It’s the trend: breast, prostate, colorectal, and now cervical cancer screening. We’re getting smarter and taking care of our health in a more thoughtful way.

shafp:

HPV Vaccines: Separating Fiction from Fact

You’ve probably heard a lot about the HPV vaccine, which protects against the sexually transmitted pathogen human papillomavirus — which itself can lead to cancers of the cervix, anus, throat, and more. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about the vaccine, such as Michele Bachmann’s debunked claim that it causes mental retardation. But, even before Bachmann gave us her two cents, there have been plenty of falsehoods flying around about the HPV vaccine.

  • Myth: Vaccination against HPV will increase sexual promiscuity among vaccine recipients.

Fact: Studies show that this fear is unfounded.

  • Myth: Because the HPV vaccine only protects against two cancer-causing strains of HPV, it isn’t useful in cancer prevention.

Fact: The two cancer-causing strains of HPV that the vaccine protects against account for 70 percent of all cases of cervical cancer. Furthermore, Gardasil protects against two additional strains of HPV, which together are responsible for 90 percent of genital warts.

  • Myth: The HPV vaccine has caused death in some of its recipients.

Fact: While some people have died after receiving the vaccine, their deaths were not caused by it.

  • Myth: There is human papillomavirus DNA in Gardasil.

Fact: Gardasil consists of empty protein shells. The infectious portions of HPV’s genetic code are not involved in its manufacture.

  • Myth: The HPV vaccine is only approved for ages 9 to 26, but cervical cancer rarely affects this age group. Therefore, the vaccine will have no impact on cervical-cancer rates.

Fact: Cervical cancer usually appears later in life because the cancer takes a long time to develop.

  • Myth: Cervical cancer is a relatively rare cancer whose rates have been declining for decades. Therefore, the vaccine is unnecessary.

Fact: Cervical cancer rates have been declining among women with access to Pap tests, but cervical cancer remains a leading cause of death in other parts of the world.

For an expanded version of this post, with citations and more full-fledged explanations, please visit http://blog.advocatesaz.org/2012/01/24/hpv-vaccines-separating-fiction-from-fact