Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. More than 50 per cent (some sources say as much as 85 per cent) of sexually active individuals carry it
Reports have emerged claiming that a new form of HPV that spread by kissing, and it kills faster than AIDS.
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There’s no medical or scientific proof to back up claims that a new form of Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV) can be spread by kissing and kills people faster than AIDS.
Claims about a new form of HPV that can be spread through kissing first appeared at Nation Newspaper, an infotainment website based in Nairobi that appears to publish reader-submitted articles.
Students from Kisii University, Kenya and the general public at large have been warned against kissing carelessly due to an outbreak of Human papilloma virus, which has seen several people admitted at Kisii level 5 hospital after testing positive to the disease
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, approximately 8,400 Americans are diagnosed with throat cancer each year that is caused by the HPV virus that can be found in the genitals.
With a prevalence currently higher than all other STIs (including HIV), and given the fact that it has no cure, it is surprising that most people are either oblivious to the magnitude of the Human papillomavirus (HPV) or not giving it the attention it warrants.
Rachel Atieno Odoro, a reproductive health counsellor at Springs Wellness, a holistic preventative health centre in Hurlingham, Nairobi, tells us why we need to pay more attention to it.
“The Human Papillomavirus is transmitted through genital contact. HPV is also known as the leading cause of cervical cancer, and as you may know, cervical cancer is the second main cause of cancer death.” Rachel explains.
“The thing about HPV is that for the most part, it is asymptomatic, meaning that one could be infected and not show any signs.
That’s why it’s very important that women have their regular Pap smears, at least once a year.”
The most interesting thing about HPV, Rachel says, is that it can occur as part of the natural flora in men’s genitals, meaning they can carry it for ages without it causing them any adverse effects or presenting any signs.
That’s not the case with women. “It probably has a lot to with women’s anatomy. The same reasons that make us more susceptible to HIV infections apply to HPV.