There is no more prevalent sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States than genital human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to genital herpes, leaving many to wonder how to treat HPV naturally. It’s no wonder given just how staggering the numbers are.
A recent survey found that almost 50 percent of American adults between the ages of 18 to 59 are infected with genital HPV. The survey found that during 2013–2014, prevalence of any genital HPV was 42.5 percent among adults aged 18–59, 45.2 percent among men and 39.9 percent among women.
Prevalence of high-risk HPV — meaning HPV that can lead to cancers — was 22.7 percent among adults aged 18–59, 25.1 percent among men and 20.4 percent among women. Non-Hispanic black adults showed the highest prevalence for high-risk genital HPV and non-Hispanic Asian adults showed the lowest. Prevalence of high-risk oral HPV was higher among men than women in all races and Hispanic groups.
About 79 million people in the U.S. have HPV. Because of this, it’s more important than ever to know how to treat HPV. So let’s take a look at what HPV is exactly; common HPV symptoms, risk factors and causes; and how to treat HPV both conventionally and naturally.
What Is HPV? Common Symptoms
So, what is HPV? HPV is a group of very common — and highly infectious — viruses that may be shared during sexual activity through skin-to-skin contact. According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 100 types of HPV; 13 of these are high-risk, meaning they’re known to cause cancer. There are many HPV strains that are benign and don’t cause many issues, but HPV has also been linked with cancers of the anus, vulva, vagina and penis. Out of the 100 types, there are two types (16 and 18) that lead to 70 percent of cervical cancers and cervical lesions. Types 6 and 11 are non-cancer causing, but they can cause genital warts and respiratory papillomatosis, which causes tumors to grow in the respiratory tract.