Hpv and How It Infects


Demaray Payton

Herzing University


      Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not know they have it. HPV is not the same as herpes or HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). These are all viruses that can be passed on during sex, but they cause different symptoms and health problems. Genital human papillomavirus is the most common STI (sexually transmitted infection), according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), USA. The over 40 types that can infect the genital areas, can affect males and females - they can also infect the throat and mouth.( The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Every year in the United States approximately 6.2 million people are infected with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and at least 50% of all sexually active people will get HPV at some point during their lives (Aldridge, Susan).   HPV is a virus, which is becoming more common, and is passed on through genital contact.   There are approximately 40 different types of HPV that can infect both men and women (Aldridge, Susan).   HPV lives in the body's epithelial cells. These are flat and thin cells found on the skin's surface and also on the surface of the vagina, anus, vulva, cervix, penis head, mouth, and throat.( Aldridge, Susan)
The HPV virus, typically, enters the human body through a small cut, tear, or abrasion on the epidermis (outermost layer of skin).( The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Experts say the primary mode of transmission is through skin-to-skin contact. Genital HPV transmission occurs through sexual intercourse, including vaginal and anal sex. Oral sex may lead to infection in the oral and...