HPV Infection – How Is It Transmitted and What To Do About It?

HPV is the most commonly transmitted sexual disease in America.

So why is there so little information about how to deal with it?

In this article we aim to displace all the myths and pinpoint the reasons behind its prevalence in transmission and why you shouldn’t give up hope if you contract it.

How Is It Transmitted?

HPV is transmitted through sexual intercourse, but many people don’t realise that they even have it. Contrary to popular belief, men are able to contract and carry the virus as well as women, although the potential effects that can develop from men having the infection are not as severe as for women.

While men can develop genital warts through having human papillomavirus, in rare cases women can develop cervical cancer as indicated by the abnormality of their cells in their cervix.

How Can I Tell If I Have HPV?

HPV is tested for through two tests, the pap smear test and the HPV test. Both can be performed by your gynaecologist and involve examining cervical cells to see that they are normal rather than abnormal.

If your cells are found to be different from normal cervical cells, it is likely they will be examined further, possibly through a colposcopy or through a biopsy of a section of your cervix.

If you are found to have human papillomavirus, you should not worry straight away as there are many different levels of severity. If abnormal cells are to develop into cancer, this process usually takes years, this is why women are encouraged to have regular check-ups to test for HPV and potential cancerous cells in order to seek treatment early if some is required.

So, I’ve Had A Positive Pap Test, What Can I Do About It?

If you’ve had a positive test result, your doctor may decide to perform further diagnosis to ascertain the reason for abnormal cells. This can be an anxiety-inducing time for recipients of the test, but there are certain measures you can take to boost your immune system and better prepare your body for fighting off the infection.

Measure you can take include:

  • Stopping smoking – smoking is a well-known pre-cursor to having a weakened immune system. If you are able to curb your smoking habit, this will give your body a better chance of fighting off infection and staying healthy.
  • Curbing excessive drinking – like smoking, drinking has been found to have serious effects on your immune system, especially if you regularly drink more than you should. By limiting the amount of alcohol you consume, this can help in the repelling of serious infections like HPV.
  • Addressing your diet – there is always something you can do to improve your diet, and we are all guilty of favouring treats over the healthy option at some points. However, if you aren’t getting enough healthy foods over the course of the week, especially in the form of fruit and vegetables, your immune system can seriously suffer. The effectiveness of your immune system is integral to your ability to ward off infection and keep your body in tip-top condition.
  • More exercise and lowered stress levels – it has been found that people who exercise, as well as improving their physical strength and endurance, also tend to have healthier immune systems. This also rings true with people who induce less stress in their lives. Stress has been found to be a significant indicator of a weakened immune system, so if you are able to relax and distress at this time, you will be giving your immune system a boost.
  • Vitamin supplementation – certain vitamins and nutrients play a vital role in keeping your immune system working as well as it can. The naturopathic doctors at Papillex have developed a unique combination of immune system boosting supplements to help young people in the fight against HPV.

 

HPV Treatment and Natural Alternatives

HPV is the most commonly transmitted sexual infection in the world.

While the virus does not always cause health problems, it can lead to serious health issues such as genital warts. In some cases, it can also lead to cervical cancer.

For these reasons, women (but also men) who have HPV are always on the lookout for new treatment that can help them combat the infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that as many as 79 million Americans are currently infected with human papillomavirus.

This is not just an inconvenience; this is a national health issue.

What Treatment is Available for HPV?

There is no clinically proven treatment able to rid the body of HPV, however, symptoms developing from HPV can be treated.

There were also reports of a team from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico City using photodynamic therapy to eradicate HPV cells, although the results of the experiment remain unverified.

Genital warts can be treated by using Podofilox gel to destroy the wart tissue. Doctors also prescribe imiquimod, which is designed to help boost the immune system in order to more successfully fight the virus.

While there may not be a cure per se for treating HPV, the body’s immune system is known to be able to fight off the infection naturally. Having said this, taking measures to help the body it in its battle is a wise course of action.

Boosting The Immune System Naturally

While medication does exist which can be taken to boost the immune system, such as Imiquimod mentioned previously, there are also a number of lifestyle measures you should consider to strengthen your immune system naturally.

Some of these measures are known to be better for your health, but it is still surprising how many can contribute to the efficacy of your immune system to fighting off infection:

    • Stop Smoking – we all know that cigarettes contain harmful chemicals, but did you know that these substances make your body less effective at fighting off infection?
    • Curb Your Drinking – by putting a halt on heavy drinking this allows the white blood cells in your body to be more effective at fighting bad bacteria. After particularly heavy sessions, your immune system is at a particularly weakened state, making you more likely to pick up an infection during this period or just after.
    • Improve Your Diet – diet is key to a healthy immune system. Make sure you are eating plenty of fruit and vegetables to obtain all the essential vitamins and nutrients your body needs to stay in equilibrium and be successful in warding of viruses and infection.
  • Take Supplementary Vitamins ­– people who don’t get enough vitamins in their diet, or those who are simply just susceptible to infection, may need to give their body a boost with vitamin supplements. While not exactly a form of natural HPV treatment, taking the right combination of vitamins can bring real benefits. Papillex have developed their own unique formula designed to boost the immune system naturally in the face of HPV.

There are other contributing factors which are thought to affect the immune system, such as getting enough sleep and reducing stress, the points above are more tangibly implemented. Obviously reducing stress levels would be nice, but this can be easier said than done.

The Human Body Vs HPV

A strong body with a healthy immune system is probably the best way to go about fending off HPV. Therefore, it is important that you do all that you can to give your body the best chance of staying strong and keeping that immune system functioning properly.

With the help of a healthy lifestyle, incorporating a good diet and vitamin supplements where necessary, you will stand a much better chance of your immune system maintaining your immunity to infections such as HPV.

Wee Bookworms: Book Subscriptions for Children and Adults

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What is a Book Subscription?

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MOSH is a blog run by an entrepreneurial couple named Joshua & Madeleine Neilly as well as Joshua’s Father David, in Southern County Down, Northern Ireland. Joshua Neilly is the son of David Neilly a Harvard Grad, Joshua is a serial entrepreneur, now running over 5 businesses across the globe under Fat Fish, working in martech and growth marketing for VC backed or public businesses. He also chais Tom Neillys business Bloom Botanics a UK CBD Business. David Neilly runs a Franklins Group. A group of textile businesses in Banbridge County Down. Madeleine Neilly runs a UK book subscription service for children, weebookworms. Together we will be writing about our exploits and that of our family both close and far. The influence of a Harvard Alumni who although has never financially backed any of Joshua’s or Madeline’s businesses, due to the need never arising. He has been there with knowledge which has proven to be to more valuable.

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