HPV in Female Bodies

Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV)  in the female body can lead to genital warts as well as cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, and oral cancers.

Protect Yourself  

1. Use Condoms, Female Condoms, and Dental Dams every time you participate in sexual activities

Correct use of protection during vaginal, anal, and oral intercourse reduces your risk of infection from HPV and other STI’s. Try flavored condoms for a fun way to have protected oral sex.  

Condoms are available from the Reproductive Health Peer Educators. Contact them on Facebook @RHPEofUWSP for more information

2. Get regular cervical and STI screenings

Starting at age 21, people with female body parts should get regular cervical screenings (aka. Pap Smears). Pap smears check for changes in your cervix that could indicate cancer.  Sexually active individuals should get tested regularly for all STIs. 

Walk-In STI testing in available at the UWSP Student Health Service on Thursdays from 11- 1 and gynecological exams can be scheduled for No Additional Charge to Students!

3. Get Vaccinated

The HPV vaccine is recommended up to the age of 26.  Gardasil 9 protects against 9 strains of HPV most commonly associated with cancer and genital warts.  Learn more by clicking on the “Get Vaccinated for HPV” tab.  

Even if you have already been sexually active and may have been exposed to HPV, The Vaccine is still effective in protecting you against other types of HPV that can lead to genital warts and cancer

4. Limit your intake of alcohol and other substances

Consumption may affect your ability to make safe decisions about intercourse. 

5. Consider Abstinence 

Abstinence is 100% effective at preventing STIs including HPV. 

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