Almost Half Of All Americans Are Infected With THIS Scary STD

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HPV Is On The Rise And Nearly 50 Percent of Americans Are Infected

Play safely.

As if sex couldn't get any more complicated, new research just revealed that an std trend is on the rise and it's not slowing down anytime soon. 

When it comes to safe sex, the human papillomaviruses (HPVs), is fast becoming one of the more commonly sexually transmitted diseases that is spreading like wildfire.

Although HPV is not a single disease but a group of more than 200 related viruses, the National Center for Health Statistics states that only 40 of them are transmitted through sexual contact.

Who's getting infected most? Since 2013, more than 42.5 percent of sexually active adults between the ages of 18 and 59 are infected. Which means if you're having sex with an untested partner, there's almost a 50 percent chance that that person is, has been, or will become infected with HPV

And the future doesn't look too much brighter when it comes to HPV. In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) people affected by the human papillomavirus claims that the number of infected cases is expected to increase at an alarming rate each year. 

Here's what the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys said about HPV, "About 14 million new genital HPV infections occur each year (4). In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 90% and 80%, respectively, of sexually active men and women will be infected with at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives (5). Around one-half of these infections are with a high-risk HPV type."

So, if you're getting frisky with someone you've just met, and don't want to increase your odds of catching any STDs, play it safe. Any form of skin-to-skin contact where bodily fluids are exchanged needs to be handled safely.

Now, remember, not all strains of HPV cause cancer. Some HPV strains can cause genital warts. There are even a few strains that heal themselves after one to two years.

But HPV strains that do cause cancer are most commonly discovered in people who are HIV-infected because of their already compromised immune systems. Sadly, these strains are often treatable but missed when medical screenings for cervical cancer aren't done before it's too late. (So, make sure to get your pap smears, ladies!) 

It's good to know that science has been working to keep individuals from getting infected with HPV through vaccinations.

Research has shown the HPV vaccination as effective in reducing the number of STD infected individuals, especially among teens. But it only works if you actually get all three HPV vaccination shots. Right now, just 60 percent of teenage girls have been treated with the three-dose vaccine. And, even less among teenage males — 42 percent! 

The good news is that the HPV vaccine does work and prevention is the golden key! Not only does it protect against several HPV strains but pediatricians can treat children as young as 11 and 12 years.