HIV might still be the most feared se_xually transmitted disease, but it’s not necessarily the easiest to contract. Human papillomavi_rus is one of the leading killers of humans worldwide—and a condom is only 60 percent effective at stopping it. The disease is believed to have already killed thousands in Limpopo, South Africa.
If s_ex education classes have managed to teach anyone anything, it’s the power of the condom. Co_ndoms are supposed to make s_ex safe—from pregnancy, from HIV, and from a host of other se_xually transmitted infections.
Co_ndoms have one huge weakness that often gets overlooked: they can’t fully protect against the Human papillomavirus, better known as HPV. It doesn’t sound pretty, it doesn’t look pretty, and especially for women, HPV is a silent killer that can lie dormant for years unnoticed before it strikes.
The HPV Nightmare
HPV is the most commonly transmitted STI in the United States. It’s actually a catch-all category for nearly 150 strains of similar viruses, many of which cause nasty looking warts.
A Prolific Virus
HPV is so common, almost all se_xually active men and women contract it at some point in their lives. The virus is spread by intimate skin-to-skin contact, meaning that anywhere two bodies touch, HPV can be spread—which makes co_ndoms only somewhat effective in preventing it.
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