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Causes of HPV

The Causes of HPV and Transmission Criteria

When it comes to HPV transmission and causes for infection, basic skin to skin contact is all that is needed. There are roughly 200 different variations of the virus, and more than 100 will go through the body completely undetected and without any adverse affects. There are around 60 variations of the virus that cause warts and growths to develop, and around 40 that cause gential warts to devlop. The primary concern when it comes to the causes of HPV are the later 40, of which roughly 18 can cause cancer development. Of these 18 types, all are in the group that can cause gential wart development, and they are classified as a sexually transmitted disease.

For this type of the virus to be transmitted from one person to another, direct skin to skin contact between skin and mucosal skin or membranes is all it takes. During sexual intercouse or sexual activity, it just takes the touching of infected skin to non-infected skin, and you are very likely to have transmission. Unlike other types of viruses, especially sexually transmitted diseases, HPV is not normally transmitted through saliva or blood. Since direct fluid exchange is not necessary, the virus can move from one host to another through basics contact. Mucous membranes and simialr types of tissue are the most common areas for these to move through.

The virus itself tranfers from the infected body to the other through this delicate tissue, and the virus itself is small enough to easily fit through most common imperfections in the skin. HPV can be transmitted through common sexual intercourse and through non-penitrating sexual activities.

What are the Mucous Membranes?

The virus is normally transmitted through contact with the mucous membranes, which is the internal, and often moist, lining of certain body orafaces. Since the virus most commonly manifests in the mucous membranes and the inner lining of the genitals, this causes HPV to go undetected in people for an extended period of time. It is not unheard of to have someone get a case of HPV when their last sexual activity was over a year ago. Since the condition can be asymptomatic, the many people will not be capable of discovering the disease, or that they have been transmitting it to others,until they have routine examination.

There are also several myths about the causes of HPV. The only ways you can contract the dangerous variations of the HPV virus are through the methods spoken above, with a few notable exceptions. HPV can be transmitted through inanimate objects, but this is very rare, if not theoretical. The virus itself cannot live outside the body for a long period of time, and it needs a warm and moist environment to survive. While it is technically possible for this type of transmission to occur, it has not been documented as of yet. The HPV virus can also be spread through oral contact, primarily through oral sex. In these instances, the virus spread is the kind that causes genital warts, only it infects the musousal tissue in the mouth and throat.

This is far rarer than the standard genital to genital transmission. There have also been documented cases of transmission from a mother to a child during childbirth. This is also very rare, and is normally handled immediately at birth. The child's natural immune system can typically handle the transmitted virus, but there are treatment options available if it cannot.

Other variations and less harmful forms of the HPV virus are transmitted in a similar fashion throughout the body. If you believe you have been infected with HPV or are in a high risk group, you should contact your doctor and get tested. Even if you have not developed symptoms, you can still get tested for the virus.

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Cindy T

Is hpv the same as std?

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Can hpv be transmitted to a man?

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Can you get hpv if you give oral sex to your husband?

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