Myth: It’s hard to be exposed to the human papillomaviruses, also known as HPV
HPV fact: “HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly everybody who has sex likely is going to be exposed to at least one and probably many different versions of the virus. Here are 5 smart things to do after getting an abnormal Pap test.
Myth: There is only one type of HPV
HPV fact: There are several strains of HPV. “There are some types of the virus that are completely benign and others that cause things like genital warts and still others that cause cancer,” says Tim Lahey, MD, associate professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Strains 16, 18, 31, and 33 more commonly cause cancer than other strains.