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The ABCs of cervical health boil down to three other letters: HPV. There are more than 150 types of human papillomavirus (HPV), which are classified as one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world. Most HPVs are cleared by the immune system before they become problematic, but some strains are known to cause genital warts and cancers.
There are more than 100 types of human papillomavirus (HPV), and most people—about 80 percent of the population—will be infected at some point in their life. In most cases, the virus is virtually harmless and is either cleared from the body or suppressed by the immune system. However, about 30 strains of HPV can cause genital warts and cancers in both men and women.
One old legend has it that you should dig up an onion under the full moon, cut it in half, and tie it to your foot at night to rid yourself of plantar warts, which develop on the soles of the feet. So far, there’s no evidence that technique works, although it’s one of several old-fashioned and somewhat amusing folk remedies.
When Edward Jenner discovered that smallpox could be prevented through a new technique he introduced in 1798, known as vaccination, he began a medical revolution. Vaccines are responsible for eradicating and controlling some of the most deadly diseases of our time. And vaccinated children are growing up without the imminent threat of polio, hepatitis B, chicken pox, measles and rubella, to name just a few.