The Common Sexually Transmitted Infections Essay

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HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). This might be the reason why the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. has invested time on making sure that the country is aware of HPV. Merck & Co has a few commercial about HPV and getting vaccinated. As a matter of fact the most sexual active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. People have known about the Human Papillomavirus since 1956 because a group of scientist discovered it. However, it was not until 1984 that a German Professor by the name of Dr. Harald Zur Hausen put the connection together that HPV and cancer coincide with one another. Since HPV is a STI the common way of contracting it is by having vaginal , anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus. It is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex. HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms. Because HPV often has no signs or symptoms, males and females can get the virus without knowing it and then pass it on. Anyone who is sexually active can get HPV, even if you have had sex with only one person. You also can develop symptoms years after you have sex with someone who is infected making it hard to know when you first became infected. There are a few HPV vaccines licensed in the United States. All HPV vaccines are administered as a 3-dose series of injections that is given deep into the muscles over a 6-month period. These vaccines are safe and effective. The first dose
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