Friends, let us tell you that most sexually active people will contract the human papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in their lifetime. Friends, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. And there are over 100 types of HPV, and more than 40 subtypes of HPV that can affect the genital area and your throat with it.
Explain that this HPV spreads through skin-to-skin contact. And most people contract HPV through sexual intercourse in their genital area. If you have oral sex, you can contract it in your mouth and either in your throat. In addition, it is commonly known as oral HPV.
What are the symptoms of oral HPV?
Be aware that oral HPV often has no symptoms. This means that people do not realize they have the infection and are less likely to take the necessary steps to limit the spread of the disease. In some cases it is possible to develop warts in the mouth and either throat, and this is however less common.
It should be noted that this type of HPV can turn into oropharyngeal cancer, and at the same time it is rare. And that’s if you have oropharyngeal cancer, and that’s when cancer cells form in the middle of the throat, which includes the tongue, tonsils, and the walls of the pharynx. These cells can develop from oral HPV. Those early symptoms of oropharyngeal cancer include:
- as if she had trouble swallowing
- And you have constant earache
- and that bloody cough
- and this unexplained weight loss
- enlarged lymph nodes
- And that persistent sore throat of yours
- And the lump on your cheek
- and growth either that lump on the neck itself
Friends, if you see any of these symptoms along with that you know and either think that you may have HPV, and only then contact your doctor immediately.
What causes oral HPV?
Oral HPV occurs whenever a virus enters the body, usually through a cut inside the mouth and either through a small tear. People often get it by having oral sex. And with that said, more research is needed to determine how people get and pass on oral HPV infections.
Statistics about oral HPV
Of course, about 79 million Americans currently have HPV, and that alone, 14 million people will be diagnosed this year alone.
About 7 percent of all Americans ages 14 to 69 have oral HPV. And with that, the number of people with oral HPV has increased over the past three decades. And at the same time, it is more common in men than in women.
It should be noted that only about two-thirds of oropharyngeal cancers contain HPV DNA. And with this the most frequent subtype of oral HPV is HPV-16. HPV-16 is considered a high and high risk type.
Let us tell you that oropharyngeal cancer is rare, only about 1 percent of people have that HPV-16. And with this, less than 15,000 people get HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer every year.
What are the risk factors for oral HPV?
So the risk factors for oral HPV include the following:
- oral sex. Let me tell you guys, evidence suggests that that very increase in oral sexual activity itself may be a risk, with men at higher risk, and more so especially if they smoke.
- multiple partners. Be aware that having multiple sexual partners can increase your risk. Moreover, according to the Cleveland Clinic, having more than 20 sexual partners in your lifetime can increase your chances of getting an oral HPV infection by up to 20 percent.
- smoking. It should be noted that smoking has been shown to help promote HPV invasion. Plus, breathing in hot fumes makes you more vulnerable to tears and cuts in your mouth, and it’s also a risk factor for developing oral cancer.
- To drink alcohol Let us tell you that research has indicated that excessive consumption of alcohol increases the risk of HPV infection in men only. Friends, if you smoke and drink this alcohol along with it, then you are at even greater risk.
- Open your mouth and kiss Let us tell you that some research has said that kissing with an open mouth is a risk factor, and at the same time that because it can be transmitted from mouth to mouth, but it has to be determined as such. As well as more research is needed to see whether it increases your risk for oral HPV.
- To be male It should be noted that men are at a higher risk of receiving an oral HPV diagnosis than women.
- That Ages itself is risky and factors for the oropharyngeal cancer It’s more common in older adults and that is because it takes years to develop.
How is oral HPV diagnosed?
Friends, let us tell you that there is no test available to determine whether you have HPV in your mouth and either it is not. Your dentist or doctor can detect lesions through screening for cancer, and may also Only he or she can already notice your wounds and make an appointment.
Be aware that if you do have sores, and that is only your doctor may do a biopsy to see if the lesions are cancerous and not either. And in addition, they will probably test biopsy samples for HPV as well. And that’s if HPV is present, and that’s why this cancer can make them very vulnerable to treatment.
How is oral HPV treated?
Be aware that most types of oral HPV go away before they cause any health problems. And also that if you develop oral warts because of HPV, and only then your doctor will likely remove the warts.
Be aware that it can be difficult to treat warts with topical treatments and also because warts can be very difficult to reach. In addition, your doctor may use any of the following methods to treat warts:
- surgical removal
- cryotherapy, and that’s where the wart freezes
- interferon alfa-2b (intron A, roferon-A), and the one that has this injection
- Friends That Diagnose If You Develop Cancer From HPV
- And that’s if you develop oropharyngeal cancer, and that’s what treatment options are available with it. In addition, your treatment and prognosis depend on the stage and location of your cancer, as well as whether it is associated with HPV.
It should be noted that HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers have a better outcome and are also less likely to relapse after treatment than HPV-negative cancers. Moreover, the treatment of oropharyngeal cancer may include radiation therapy, as well as surgery, chemotherapy, and either a combination of these.
How can you prevent oral HPV?
Note that most medical and dental organizations do not recommend screening for oral HPV only And with that, lifestyle changes are some of the easiest ways to help prevent HPV And with that, here are some tips for prevention:
- For example, prevent STIs by having safe sex, and at the same time using condoms every time you have sex.
- And you limit the number of sexual partners you have.
- And friends, talk to your sexual partners about sex, ask them about the time they were recently tested for STIs.
- So If you’re a sexually actives and that you should get tested for the STIs regularly.
- And friends, if you are with an unfamiliar partner, and only then avoid oral sex.
- While having oral sex, he should only use a dental dam or condom to avoid any kind of oral STI.
- And so during your six month checkup at the dentist, he or she may ask you to search your mouth only to find anything unusual, especially if you have oral sex frequently.
- Tell that he should make a habit of searching his mouth only once a month for any abnormality.
- Tell that to get vaccinated against HPV.
If you are between the ages of nine and 14, and that is, immunization against HPV involves two shots spaced six to 12 months apart. People 15 and older get three of those shots in six months. You must have all of your shots for the vaccine to be effective.
Let us tell you that the HPV vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine and the one that can protect you from the diseases related to HPV only.
Please tell that this vaccine was earlier available only to people up to the age of 26 years. The new guidelines now state that people between the ages of 27 and 45 who have not previously been vaccinated against HPV are eligible for the Gardasil 9 vaccine as well.
In a 2017 study, that oral HPV infection was reported to be 88 percent less common among all young adults who received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine. In addition, these vaccines help you prevent oropharyngeal cancer associated with HPV.