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HPV Facts

Take this quiz to see how well you know the facts on HPV -- including ways to stay protected and healthy.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most commonly transmitted STD.

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The correct answer is: This is true. As many as 80 percent of sexually active people have been affected with genital HPV. According to Michael Roizen, MD, people who've had more than two sex partners in their lifetime, or if their partners have had more than two sex partners, chances are they've been exposed to the virus.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What can be affected by HPV?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can be affected by HPV. Most people affected with HPV aren't even aware they've been infected.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: HPV is more common in women than in men.

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The correct answer is: This is false. HPV is as common in men as it is in women.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of the following cancers could be caused by HPV?

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The correct answer is: HPV is known to cause more than 95 percent of cervical cancer cases, but it also is a strong risk factor for oral cancer. HPV has also been linked to cancers of the anus, vulva, vagina and penis.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: People can become infected with HPV without penetration.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Although HPV is typically acquired during intercourse with an infected partner, penetration is not necessary. People can become infected through skin-to-skin, genital-to-genital and genital-to-mouth contact.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: HPV can go away by itself.

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The correct answer is: This is true. In 90 percent of cases, HPV goes away by itself within two years. If the body doesn't clear the virus, it can stay in the body for many years and cause cancer.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

How long can HPV live in the cervix before developing into cancer?

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The correct answer is: HPV can live in your cervix for 10 to 20 years before it develops into cancer. Talk to your doctor about HPV testing as well as the HPV vaccine.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

How many types of HPV actually cause cancer?

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The correct answer is: Only 15 (of the 100) types of HPV are considered high-risk types that cause cancer. Most of the cancers are related to HPV 16 because it is the quickest to progress into a cancer (typically cervical cancer).

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these veggies resemble an HPV infection?

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The correct answer is: In most cases, HPV has few to no symptoms. Genital warts may be visible if they sit on the surface of the skin, and may resemble a cauliflower. Many HPV infections can be hidden deep in the throat, inside the vagina, on the surface of the cervix or inside the anus.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: A woman who's had genital warts should not try to get pregnant.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Most women who once had genital warts, but no longer have them, do not have problems during pregnancy or birth. For women who have genital warts during pregnancy, the warts may grow or become larger and bleed. In rare cases, a pregnant woman can pass HPV to her baby during vaginal delivery.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Condoms offer substantial protection against HPV.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Abstaining from oral, vaginal and anal sex, as well as direct skin-to-skin genital contact is the only way to be 100 percent protected against HPV. Condoms only cover part of the skin that could be exposed to or transmitting HPV, so they are thought to only moderately decrease transmission of HPV.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: HPV can sometimes be spread by French kissing.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Researchers are still evaluating the various ways HPV can be transmitted, but there have been reports of HPV transmission through what is referred to as “deep french kissing.” It may also be possible for the virus to be transmitted to an infant through the infected mother’s cervical canal.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which HPV vaccine is approved for both males and females?

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The correct answer is: Gardasil has been approved by the FDA for both males and females, and can be given to them as early as age 9.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What age range is approved for Gardasil?

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The correct answer is: Gardasil is approved for males and females ages 9 to 26. However, if the person has already had sex, it is too late for Gardasil. Cervarix can still be effective in preventing cervical cancer for women (ages 10 to 25) who've already been exposed to the virus.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these can be a side effect of the HPV vaccine?

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The correct answer is: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes no serious side effects with Gardasil. Soreness at the injection site is the most common complaint. Other commonly reported side effects include fever, dizziness, vomiting, nausea and fainting. In rare instances, women have been allergic to the vaccine.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Is it possible to have HPV if Pap test results come back normal?

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The correct answer is: A woman can have HPV but still have a normal Pap test. Changes in the cervix may not show up right away, or they may never appear.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is true of HPV testing?

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The correct answer is: HPV-specific tests are not typically performed during a routine gynecological exam, and can only detect some HPV types, but not all. The FDA has approved an HPV test as a follow-up for women who have an ambiguous Pap test and, for women over the age of 30, for general cervical cancer screening. This HPV test can identify at least 13 of the high-risk types of HPV associated with cervical cancer. Currently, the FDA has not approved a test for HPV in men.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

How long can a woman wait for her next Pap and HPV tests if her tests come back normal?

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The correct answer is: If both her Pap and HPV tests are normal, a woman can wait up to five years before being tested again. She should still see her gynecologist annually to check for other possible health problems.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: HPV can be treated with a prescription medicine.

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The correct answer is: This is false. There is currenlty no medicine or cure for HPV. However, the lesions and warts these viruses cause can be treated by freezing techniques or surgery.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Myth or Fact: Treatment of warts means they are no longer contagious.

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The correct answer is: This is a common myth. Even if a person has been treated for genital warts, they can still infect others because the area surrounding the warts is also likely to contain HPV.

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