Sexual Health Begins With You! Cervical Cancer Awareness

cervicalcancer2January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.  Cervical cancer can be hereditary, and can also be caused by  HPV.  The Human Papillomavirus is more common in males who have multiple sexual partners, and they are the transmitters of this virus.  There are over 100 types of HPV.  Some cause genital warts, while others can cause abnormal cell changes of the cervix or a combination of both.  Abnormal cell changes can result in cancer if not detected on time,   this is why it’s very important to have regular check ups with your provider.  Screening for men include visual inspection to look for lesions such as warts.  Women usually find out through an abnormal Pap smear that they have been exposed.  The provider will then perform a biopsy of cervical tissue known as a colposcopy to further determine a diagnosis of cancer or not.  It can take weeks, months or years before this virus is detected.  Much is still unknown about the time from initial exposure to when lesions, and cell abnormalities appear.  The key to a healthy sexual relationship begins with communication.  The more you interact intimately the deeper the connection, so be honest and open with your partner.  If your choice is that of a promiscuous lifestyle, take measures to ensure the safety of yourself and your partners  #WrapItUp.

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