HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world. But fortunately today the virus is easily identifiable with simple diagnostic tests.
Early diagnosis of the virus is possible and effective in interrupting the evolution of the infection towards the formation of lesions and transformation into cancer.
The presence of HPV in the possible sites of infection (anus, vagina, uterus, mouth and urinary tract) is identifiable by means of a swab that can be performed independently or at specialised centres. If the virus is found before it causes lesions to form, it is much easier to heal from the infection and prevent the onset of tumours.
The HPV test is quick, painless and allows you to know the presence of the infection to fight it promptly.
If you think you are at risk for HPV infection, get tested.
What is the HPV TEST?
The HPV test is a simple swab that allows you to identify the presence of the virus in the anatomical sites of potential infection. It is extremely useful to investigate the anal and vaginal area where the virus can cause lesions invisible from the outside.
The test takes a few seconds, is not traumatic or invasive, and allows you to diagnose HPV infection quickly and with the highest accuracy.
HPV is easily transmitted through contact with the skin and mucous membranes, particularly during sexual intercourse.
Protected sex limits the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HPV. Vaccines are available today to prevent HPV infection.
The condom is a means of protection for HPV infection. Unfortunately, unlike other infections, it is not able to avoid the risk of contagion at 100%.
HPV is a contact infection, so it can be contracted during the foreplay of intercourse, in oral intercourse and whenever an area of the body that hosts a sufficient amount of virus, even in the absence of visible condylomata lesions, is placed in close and repeated contact with the skin or mucous membranes. It is for this reason that the condom is not entirely sufficient to prevent contagion.
Vaccination can prevent infection of many HPV genotypes.
Its efficacy is maximum when performed in the paediatric age group, before sexually transmitted exposure to the virus. Some individuals may also benefit from vaccination in adulthood. Evaluation in a specialised centre can help understand whether vaccination can help control and overcome the infection.
If HPV infection is identified early, it is possible to avoid the development of precancerous lesions and their evolution into cancer. Specialised centres are equipped with the best technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of HPV infection.