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Regarding HPV Virus
Just a few queries about Cervical Cancer and how it is affecting women today. I am doing a news piece for an online magazine. 1) The most number of recorded cases of cervical cancer is from Bangalore according to a report by a leading news source, is there any particular reason for that? 2) Is it a myth that the HPV virus spreads only through intercourse? 3) What are a few precautions that can be taken by women in order to not contract the virus? 4) Exactly how common is it today? And has it become the number one killer of women or will it if not contained? 5) What is the procedure for detecting the virus and if it is detected then what is the next advisable step? 6) What are the rarer symptoms unique to the virus? 7) How effective is the vaccine for the HPV virus and can it be given as a routine vaccine such as those for Chicken Pox, Polio etc.?
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Yes,HPV virus spreads through sexual intercourse.early marriage, repeated child birth,and multiple partners all leads to exposure of female cervix to smegma present in male phallus which is carcinogenic.thats why it is uncommon in muslim women as muslim males are circumsized. Only barrier method that is condom can protect from std.hpv infection is only detected by screening (pap smear), and colposcopy.vaccine can be routinely given at 10 yrs of age.it protects against 4 strains which commonly causes cancer.
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