Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Why Don’t Condoms Stop HPV?

First, know that quality latex condoms are effective against typical STDs if used properly: 

So, Why Don’t Condoms Stop HPV?

"Human papillomavirus differs from other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in its method of transmission; it is not spread from one person to another through the exchange of bodily fluids. Rather, like Herpes, it spreads through skin-to-skin contact. Since HPV is a regional, multicentric disease, it infects the entire genital area: the penis, scrotum, vulva and surrounding areas. 

[Note: Head and neck cancers are an increasingly common result of HPV.]
Condoms do not cover the scrotum, nor most of the other areas that can be infected with the virus. There also tends to be contact between the anogenital skin of the partners before a condom can be correctly placed on the penis. No known effective barrier exists that will protect the vulva or prevent vulvar transfer of the virus."