HPV

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Some facts about HPV:

  • Most sexually active people will get HPV at some time in their lives. 
  • HPV is usually harmless. But some types can cause genital warts. Other types can cause cervical cancer in women. 
  • Men and women can lower their chances of getting HPV by using condoms with every sex act, and limiting their number of partners. But the only sure way to avoid HPV is never to have sex. 
  • What is most important is to prevent the most serious health effect of HPV: cervical cancer. Cervical cancer can be prevented with a safe HPV vaccine and regular screening (Pap) tests.
What is HPV? How do people get HPV? Is HPV more common in women or in men? How can HPV and its possible effects be prevented?

For the answer to these questions and more check out the new brochure for Alaska Native women about HPV.

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