An infection that causes warts in various parts of the body, depending on the strain known as Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Research from College of Medicine, University of Ibadan shows that more than 1.5 million cases of this occur per year in Nigeria.
It was also confirmed that HPV spreads by sexual contact, some types preventable by vaccine.
Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured.
The research also confirmed that this chronical virus can last for years or be lifelong.
How Does It Spreads
By having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
By mother to baby by pregnancy, labor, or nursing.
Many people with HPV don’t develop any symptoms but can still infect others through sexual contact. Symptoms may include warts on the genitals or surrounding skin.
There’s no cure for the virus and warts may go away on their own. Treatment focuses on removing the warts. A vaccine that prevents the HPV strains most likely to cause genital warts and cervical cancer is recommended for boys and girls.