Infection of human papillomavirus (HPV) is known to be infectious to others. The study concluded that if one of the heterosexual couples have HPV, there is a risk of contracting HPV partner within 6 months about 20 percent.
HPV transmission analysis study found no difference between the transmission from male to female or from female to male, and the relationship between the number of sexual partners in the past with the possibility of contracting HPV.
“We are still very few studies of how often the transmission of HPV, thus combining these data can help researchers gain a more complete picture of how the virus spreads,” said Ann Burchell researchers from McGill University in Montreal, as quoted by LiveScience.
HPV is a virus that can infect the genitals of men and women that causes genital warts and cervical cancer. If known earlier then the infection can be cured within 1-2 years, but if a protracted then it can cause cancer.
In this study Burchell identified 179 couples where one person known to be infected with HPV but not her partner. After 4 months, Burchell asking participants to return to the clinic and conduct further testing and complete a questionnaire.
The couple reported having sex 4 times a week and average about 50 percent never used condoms. The results obtained possibility of transmission occurs about 20 percent during the time period of 6 months.
Currently one of prevention that can be done is to make a vaccine against HPV. This vaccine has been approved its use for women in 2006, while for men began approved in 2009.
“Knowing how a vaccine can stop the spread of the virus is important to make the vaccine program planning. The better we understand how HPV move, the better we can control it,” says Burchell.
The results of recent studies have been published on October 7, 2011 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
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