Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US. According to statistics, there are about 14 million newly diagnosed cases of human papillomavirus annually with approximately 80 million Americans being infected.
Also, approximately 30,000 cancers in the US are directly attributed to HPV every year.
There are over 100 varieties of the virus, 40 of which are passed through sexual contact and can affect the genitals, throat, or mouth.
Unless this infection develops into genital warts, the majority of people diagnosing at home will never know they have been infected. When they are present, the symptoms in women may include:
- genital warts, appearing as tiny stem-like protrusions or small cauliflower-like bumps, flat sores;
- abnormal changes in cervical cells.
This virus is passed through skin-to-skin sexual intercourse or other forms of skin-to-skin contact of the genitals.
Risk factors for this infection may include:
- personal contact or not wearing protection before contacting surfaces which have been exposed to this virus or touching someone’s warts;
- damaged skin – areas of skin which have been opened or punctured are more prone to develop common warts;
- weakened immune systems – individuals who have weakened immune systems are at greater risk of the infection;
- age – genital warts occur most frequently in adolescents and young adults;
- the number of sexual partners – the more sexual partners you have, the higher the chances of contracting the infection.
Does Human Papillomavirus Infection Cause Cancer?
It can cause cervical and other cancers including cancer of the vagina, vulva, anus, or penis. Additionally, it can cause cancer in the back of the throat.
There is no specific treatment that can cure this infection, however, treatments are available for cancers and warts caused by HPV.
Ways to prevent this infection include:
- avoiding sexual contact with a partner if genital warts are present;
- using condoms consistently and correctly;
- limiting your number of sexual partners;
- boosting the efficiency of your immune system by having a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, not smoking, and good sleeping habits.
Here is a list of 6 celebrities with HPV:
#1 Jade Goody
Jade entered the public spotlight in the 3rd series of the then-Channel 4 program Big Brother in 2002. This appearance led to her own TV programs and the introduction of her products after her eviction from the show.
She also appeared on an Indian version of the show, entitled Big Boss. She passed away in 2009 after a short battle with cervical cancer.
#2 Marissa Jaret Winokur
She is an American actress who was born in New York City, the daughter of Michael Winokur, an architect and Maxine, a teacher.
Marissa is known for her work on the Pamela Anderson sitcom Stacked as well as her Tony-winning performance as Tracy Turnblad in the musical Hairspray.
She was diagnosed with cervical cancer and underwent treatment for the disease. Ultimately, Marissa made a full recovery and remained in the show.
#3 Pamela Anderson
She was born on July 1, 1967, in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada. Pamela was a rising star after appearing as Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in February 1990.
Also, Pamela is known for her roles on the television series Baywatch, Home Improvement, and V.I.P. In 2010, she also performed on season 10 of the hit show Dancing with the Stars.
Pamela was diagnosed with HPV that she got from her ex-husband Tommy Lee. Anderson was married to Tommy Lee from 1995 to 1998.
#4 Eva Peron
She was the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952.
Eva used her position as the first lady to improve the lives of the poor and to promote women’s rights in society.
A few weeks before she died, she rode next to her husband for his 2nd inauguration as President of Argentina. But, her cervical cancer had rendered her so weak that she was standing inside a special type of cage.
#5 Alexa Ray Joel
She is an American songwriter, singer, and pianist. Her parents are model Christie Brinkley and singer-songwriter Billy Joel.
Alexa received classical training on the piano and started touring in 2005, with her 1st live show being at Maxwell’s.
In an interview, she revealed the fact that an ex-boyfriend (singer Jimmy Riot) gave her this infection. Alexa was also hospitalized in New York after taking a drug overdose over the breakup with her boyfriend.
#6 Sandi Thom
She is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Banff, Scotland. Sandi became widely known in 2006 after her debut single, “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker.” Sandi Thom also helped in charity appeals involving Oxfams.
When she was a 19-year-old, Sandi had a cervical smear test that revealed she had precancerous cells.
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